An Introduction to Epanados
Epanados (derives from the Greek word ‘epánodos’ literally means “recapitulation” or “a return”), is a figure of speech in which words or parts of a phraseOpens in new window that describe a subjectOpens in new window in the beginning of a sentence is reiterated and diversified upon conclusion of the sentence, mainly to create emphasis and add rhetorical elegance.
Simply put by Peacham’sOpens in new window definition; “Epanados is when we iterate by parts the whole spoken before”.
- “Love is right because there is only one right love.”
Epanados is an important device; it is quite instrumental for rhetors and writers as they use it to achieve artistic effect in their works. Often used to reiterate significant concepts of a speech, epanados goes a long way to add flair in literary works in certain ways that stimulate the readers' interest.