Little by little I hear a singing lyrebird Sits on a tree-top Little by little She mimics my song of love Springs from my heart Little by little A hunter wanders nearby Walks toward my route Little by little He renders a lullaby Waits for my sleep Little by little He whispers song of spell Poisons of my heart Little by little The lyre mutes on the tree-top Falls that very swift
Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning of multiple clauses or, in the case of a poem, multiple lines. The phrase “A time to,” as used in the third Chapter of Ecclesiastes, is a good example of anaphora. This post by Rebecca Hazelton on the Poetry Foundation’s blog gives other great examples of anaphora in action, from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech to Homer Simpson.
So today, NaPoWriMo challenges us to write a poem that uses anaphora. When you feel like time is moving fast, and you want the movements of events to go slow, I thought of the phrase “Little by Little”.