Sunday, February 08, 2004

Incremental Repetition

A device used in poetry of the oral tradition, especially English and Scottish ballads, in which a line is repeated in a changed context or with minor changes in the repeated part. The device is illustrated in the following stanzas from the ballad �Lord Randal�: �O where ha' you been, Lord Randal, my son? And where ha' you been, my handsome young man?��I ha' been at the greenwood; mother,

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