NOT a typo!!

Formal Definition

The inversion of the usual order of words or clauses.

Greek meaning of anastrophe= "a turning back, a turning upside down"

How it is used in literature

Anastrophes are used to create a dramatic impact and add emphasis to the description offered by the adjective.

It can also be used by poets to fit a rhyme scheme.


In literature..

"Intelligent she was not. In fact, she veered in the opposite direction."
(Max Shulman, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Doubleday, 1951)

"Sure I am of this, that you have only to endure to conquer."

(Winston Churchill, address delivered at the Guildhall, London, Sep. 14, 1914)

Alexander Pope in Epistle To A Lady:
"How many pictures of one Nymph we view,
All how unlike each other, all how true!"

In film..

Star Wars: Luke Surprises Yoda

Class Activity: How would these sentences normally be said?

1. Glistens the dew upon the morning grass.

2. Troubles, everybody's got.

3. She looked at the sky dark and menacing.


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