is a type of repetition in which words or phrases are repeated at the beginning of verses or stanzas to the effect of drawing the reader back in and adding emphasis to the selected lines. Look for it here:
"In School Days" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Still by S.M.(M).L.
Still the red barn sits where once the hay
was gathered. A young man raked it out
the door and piled it high to feed cattle.
Beneath those smooth-worn boards a girl
wandered looking through the cracks. Just a
musty mess then, no cows to feed.
Still the silver shop stands where once the tractor
was fixed. A father puttered to put it
back together before it was time to be in the field.
At the handmade welded bench a girl
picked up the pieces. Just a
bunch of junk now, no fields to till and plow.
Still the farmhouse looms beneath the maple trees.
A grandmother waits for a grandfather
to return, but neither one is home. At the road a girl
imagines this impossibility. The house is gone,
the people too, but her memories are yet to be.
There's a poet in my soul; she's always been there, but is often neglected. I'm letting her out here. I hope you will too. Here's some unsolicited advice: When your poet speaks to you, just let it out, there's something there, I promise you. Here you'll find ideas about how to hone your craft as I practice mine and lead you to some of my favorite published poems and poets.
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