A Writer’s Sticky Notes

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Lauren’s entry on Sharon Hamilton’s Essential Literary Terms made me focus on the reasons why authors choose to repeat things.  The repetition authors use is very deliberate and for a specific reason—Lauren’s explanation behind the reasons for repetition in her own poem helped  me to understand these reasons.  (I just wish I could read her poem now!  She has my interest sparked).  I think repetition of some words, phrases, or ideas, is one of the strongest ways authors can stress the importance of a point.  The author thinks the idea is important enough to repeat it over and over again.  They obviously want us to remember this idea, or they wouldn’t repeat it.  It’s almost like the author is putting sticky notes all over our room with little reminders, saying “Don’t forget this!  This is important!”       

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