How They Remember

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub - Poetics:  A little repetition
- anaphora   (posted by sarahsouthwest)

"So what is anaphora?"

This is what Wikipedia says:  anaphora (Greek: ἀναφορά, “carrying back”) is a rhetorical device that consists of repeating a sequence of words at the beginnings of neighboring clauses, thereby lending them emphasis

Here is an example:

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way…

                       ~Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities~

Pick a repeating verb:


She remembers the day they met.
He remembers it differently.
She remembers wind, a metallic sky.
He remembers a warm, sunny day.
She remembers his chocolate-puddled eyes.
He remembers her long auburn hair.
She remembers him wearing a pale blue sweater.
He remembers the sweater as minty green.
They remember how quickly they fell in love.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to How They Remember

  1. Sadje says:

    Aww, so beautiful.


  2. Anthony says:

    That was good …keep up the good work


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