Homeoptoton

An Introduction to Homeoptoton

Homeoptoton (derives from the Greek word ‘homoióptoton’, literally means “similar in cases”), is a figure of speech in which the last words of successive clausesOpens in new window or phrasesOpens in new window have correspondence in casesOpens in new window or are ended alike with the same syllable or same letter.

Notable Examples of Homeoptoton
  • A friend in need, is a friend indeed.
  • Goolish pity undone many a city.
  • In space, comes grace.
  • Let God be worshipped the king obeyed, and your parents honored
  • Are you in poverty? Seek not principality, but rather how to relieve your necessity.
  • In activity commendable, in a commonwealth profitable, and in war terrible.
  • In necessary things unity, in doubtful things liberty, in all things charity
Further Readings:
Henry Peachum, The Garden of Eloquence (1593): Schemas | HomeoptotonOpens in new window