Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



Larry Childs, Epanalepsis, Demetrius


Larry Childs (Provo, Utah) has recently completed a valuable study of "epanalepsis" in the Book of Mormon. Epanalepsis is the name of a significant literary device known in antiquity. It occurs where an author repeats certain words in the course of a lengthy sentence, to pick up a previous train of thought after a parenthetical aside or other type of diversion, repeating certain words to remind the reader of the original idea of the sentence. The repeated words in the previous sentence illustrate the point. This technique was noted in antiquity by Demetrius, and it is sometimes called "resumptive repetition."