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‘Tut, she's a lamb, a dove, a fool to him!
I'll tell you, Sir Lucentio: when the priest
Should ask, if Katharina should be his wife,
'Ay, by gogs-wouns,' quoth he; and swore so loud,
That, all-amazed, the priest let fall the book;
And, as he stoop'd again to take it up,
The mad-brain'd bridegroom took him such a cuff
That down fell priest and book and book and priest:
'Now take them up,' quoth he, 'if any list.'’

What type of repetition is this sentence? For what I know, repetitions is repeating the exact same phrase/word again for emphasis. This sentence sounds a little weird but does it also mean the same way a other repetitive sentences?(As in repeating for emphasis.)

  • What is the source? Literary? Some more context perhaps? – user3169 Aug 28 '15 at 19:41
  • @user3169: You don't recognize "Taming of the Shrew"? Shakespeare? – Victor Bazarov Aug 29 '15 at 0:46
  • I found some here: blog.udemy.com/repetition-in-poetry . Care to try to identify which it is? :-) My head started hurting after three or four terms. – Victor Bazarov Aug 29 '15 at 0:56
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    This looks like a question that would be more appropriate on ELU. You don't seem to be trying to learn English, you're asking about a particular usage of a word. – Catija Aug 29 '15 at 1:24
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    To me the line has always suggested some sort of sight gag: a bit of actor's business that adds comic exaggeration, such as the priest tumbling head over heels with the book in his arms. – StoneyB Aug 30 '15 at 1:34

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