Homeoteleuton, also spelled as homoeoteleuton and homoioteleuton, (from the Greek ',〔Silva Rhetoricae (2006). (Rhetorical Figures for Shakespeare and the Scriptures )〕 ''homoioteleuton'', "like ending") is the repetition of endings in words. Homeoteleuton is also known as near rhyme.〔Brigham Young University (2006). (Rhetorical Figures for Shakespeare and the Scriptures )〕
Homeoteleuton (homoioteleuton) was first identified by Aristotle in his ''Rhetoric'', where he identifies it as two lines of verse which end with words having the same ending. He uses the example of
In Latin rhetoric and poetry homeoteleuton was a frequently used device. It was used to associate the two words which had the similar endings and bring them to the reader's attention.
and society cannot trample on the weak''est'' and feebl''est''
of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.
(Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, speech, 1866)
Hungry people cannot be good at learn''ing''
or produc''ing'' anyth''ing'' except
(Pearl Bailey, Pearl's Kitchen)
He arrived at ideas the slow way, never skat''ing''
over the clear, hard ice of logic, nor soar''ing''
on the slipstreams of imagination, but slogg''ing'',
plodd''ing'' along on the heavy ground of existence.
(Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven)
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