Tuesday, September 1st at 6:30 pm!

It’s Art in the Garden once again with artist Faith Saxton Gallow, and the various writers and creators of the Cross Keys Poetry Society!


Do not let that word scare you! Anaphora is just a repeated phrase or pattern. Anaphora is just our theme for this week. Anaphora is not required to attend Art in the Garden this week–but we’re convinced it will be fun to do!

The device is commonly used for various effects in poetry, lyrics, prose and even political speeches. Here are a couple of quick excerpts from the Poetry Foundation about how anaphora is used in prose and speech for affect.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which uses anaphora not only in its oft-quoted “I have a dream” refrain but throughout, as in this passage:

Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina,go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed.

And. . . 

This is so popular and effective a device for politicians and other persuasive speakers that it’s ripe for parody, as in Homer Simpson’s impassioned speech from the 1994 Simpsons episode “Fear of Flying”:

I want to shake off the dust of this one-horse town. I want to explore the world. I want to watch TV in a different time zone. I want to visit strange, exotic malls. I’m sick of eating hoagies! I want a grinder, a sub, a foot-long hero! I want to live, Marge! Won’t you let me live? Won’t you, please?

Check out more great poetic examples at the Poetry Foundation. Or maybe you could share with us this Tuesday one of your own creation!

Again, that’s this Tuesday, September the 1st at 6:30 (That’s one half hour early since it’s getting dark sooner now).