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Anaphora is the repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive phrases or clauses. It is often used to create a rhythmic effect, or to highlight the importance of a concept. As one of the oldest poetic devices, it is a common feature in devotional and religious poetry, and is found in many Psalms.[1]

The floods have lifted up, O LORD, the floods have lifted up their voice; the floods lift up their waves.

-- Psalm 93:3

Another excellent example can be found in Shakespeare's Richard II:

This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,
This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,
This other Eden, demi-paradise,
This fortress built by Nature for herself
Against infection and the hand of war.