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Polyptoton (the stylistic scheme in which words derived from the same root are repeated)

He’d often rehearse being all laid out in the back of a hearse
On his back in his bed, which he never made but laid in just the same:
How he’d cross his arms to hold a cross or a rose
That meant he’d stop all his rising.
He knew he’d stop feeling so tense if he was just living past-tense.

An exercise from Mark Forsyth’s The Elements of Eloquence
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