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What is the literary device of many short sentences in a row?

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If found in poetry, this device may be a couplet, which consists of two lines, usually rhyming, at the end of a stanza or poem. William Shakespeare commonly used couplets at the end of his sonnets and certain scenes in his plays.

There are several other types of repetition that can employ short sentences. These include anaphora , the repetition of a word or words at the beginning of successive phrases or sentences; and epiphora, the repetition of a word or words at the end of...

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