Here's an example from "The Hill We Climb," by Amanda Gorman (the poem that she read at Pres. Biden's inauguration): "We lay down our arms so we can reach out our arms." The meaning of "arms" changes from the first to the second appearances.


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This is called antanaclasis (OED: "The same word is repeated in a different, if not a contrary signification"; Merriam-Webster: "the repetition of a word within a phrase or sentence in which the second occurrence utilizes a different and sometimes contrary meaning from the first"), with many other examples provided at the link.

  • Technically, she used unrelated word, as arms and arms sound alike and are spelled alike. Jan 20, 2021 at 19:49
  • @YosefBaskin, would that make them homonyms?
    – RobJarvis
    Jan 20, 2021 at 20:05
  • Yes, they are both homonyms and homophones. Jan 20, 2021 at 20:21

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