"The next day was rainy and dark. Rain fell on the roof of the barn and dripped steadily from the eaves. Rain fell in the barnyard and ran in crooked courses down into the lane where thistles and pigweed grew. Rain spattered against Mrs. Zuckerman's kitchen windows and came gushing out of the downspouts. Rain fell on the backs of the sheep as they grazed in the meadow. When the sheep tired of standing in the rain, they walked slowly up the lane and into the fold.
Rain upset Wilbur's plans." (p 25)
The poetry of this prose impressed me. As a freelance copy editor, I am often pointing out frequently used words to prevent overuse. It's worth exploring the cases in which repetition is warranted and even beautiful.
1. In dialogue, when someone is experiencing an overwhelming emotion. "Oh no, oh no, oh no."
2. When you want to evoke a certain emotion. "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'"
|Repetition of words in The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe|
|The Singing Butler by Jack Vettriano|
Read more about writing with rhythm from author Jami Gold.