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Parachesis

 

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Description

Parachesis is the repetition of a similar sound across multiple words.

Example

The man began to understand.

It was roughly the stuff of a simple kerfuffle.

I see the sky and cannot deny.

Discussion

Parachesis is a general term for repetition of sounds across words and so includes other forms of sonic repetition such as alliteration, consonance and assonance. Parchesis is, however, looser than other methods and can be used in more generalized ways.

As with other similar forms, parachesis invokes the principle of repetition and so may be used for such purpose as gaining attention, creating focus and building emphasis.

Classification: Repetition

See also

Repetition principle

 

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