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Parisosis

 

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Description

Parisosis is where two or more clauses have the same number of syllables.

Example

I came, I saw, I won.

My cup runneth over, but never tomorrow.

Elephants and mice; they're terribly nice.

Discussion

Many patterning methods that use repetition do it by sound, such as consonance or parachesis. This stands out and it is easy to detect, which is not always what you want.

A more subtle way of using patterns is to repeat the number of syllables. This is popular with poets and those who want to create unnoticed influence. It can give a 'feeling' of harmony without conscious knowing of how this happened.

Classification: Repetition

See also

Repetition principle, Isocolon

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