, pathetic repetition is a special usage of repetition
, in which the desired effect
is one of desperation
. Consider the following lines of Ovid
at pater infelix, nec iam pater, "Icare," dixit,
"Icare," dixit "ubi es? qua te regione requiram?
Icare" dicebat ...
Or, for you non-Latin
But the unlucky father, now no longer a father, said, "Icarus, Icarus, where are you? Where shall I look for you? Icarus?"
's cries of woe are augmented
by his repetition of his son's name.