Anaphora in Homer

In my Anaphora post back in November, I mentioned that Homer–the blind master of the muses, as I styled him there–does not seem too enamored of this literary device.  At the time I was going on spotty memory fortified with a quick Google search and in-office consult.

But there’s good news!  While running down Hector’s scenes in the Iliad, the better to make my comparisons in Orlando Furioso, I came across not one but two anaphoras!

The first was handed to me by Michael Gilleland over at Laudator Temporis Acti.  Follow him; he’s a wonderful font of classical citations and interesting arcana.  Anyway, he put up a nice post, titled Skill, on Nestor’s address to his son in Iliad XXIII. Continue reading Anaphora in Homer

Anaphora and Repetitio

I came across some advice about “vain repetition” in writing over at Derek Haines’s website (I follow him on Twitter so I get a constant stream of rookie advice while I write).  The short of it was that repetition lulls a reader to sleep and writers need a large repertoire of variation to avoid this.  This is undeniably true, although I can recall a misspent youth in which I contorted my prose beyond all reason to avoid even trivial repetition.  There’s an obsessive component to writing (and, apparently, to me). Continue reading Anaphora and Repetitio