See it in your face

Figure of speech. Myles Crawford's presumption that Stephen could be a journalist ("I see it in your face") stirs up a painful memory from his time at Clongowes Wood College: "See it in your face. See it in your eye. Lazy idle little schemer." In dwelling on the phrase Stephen employs the rhetorical and poetic device of anaphora, the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses, sentences, paragraphs, or verses.

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Anaphora in a Winston Churchill speech. Source:

One of Martin Luther King's many uses of the device.


William Blake's poem London. Source: Wikimedia Commons.