Working away, tearing away

Figure of speech. As Bloom listens to the racket of the printing press ("Thumping. Thumping.... Thumping. Thump"), he muses that the human body is a kind of machine and he applies the repetitive language to Paddy Dignam: "His machineries are pegging away too. Like these, got out of hand: fermenting. Working away, tearing away. And that old grey rat tearing to get in." These sentences feature a lot of repetition: "Thumping," "away," "tearing," the "-ing" suffix. Rhetoricians called the type in the bolded sentence epistrophe: ending successive phrases, clauses, sentences, or lines with the same word or words.

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