how is anaphora used today?

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Anaphora is a repetition of a series of words at the beginning of adjoining clauses, thereby laying emphasis on the sentence. Let us understand how is used today. For instance, Barack Obama has used anaphora in his inaugural address on twentieth January, 2009 and said:

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

It is commonly found in songs, like another good example is in the song “Fireworks” by Katy Perry:

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting through the wind, wanting to start again?
Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?

Do you ever feel already buried deep six feet under?
Screams but no one seems to hear a thing
Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
‘Cause there’s a spark in you?

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