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What Is Anastrophe? (with Examples)

What Is Anastrophe? (with Examples)

Anastrophe is the deliberate changing of normal word order for emphasis.

Examples of Anastrophe

Here are some examples of anastrophe:
  • She stared into the dog's eyes deep and menacing.
  • (Normal order: She stared into the dog's deep and menacing eyes.)

  • On a black cloak sparkle the stars.
  • (Normal order: The stars sparkle on a black cloak.)

  • Bright he was not.
  • (Normal order: He was not bright.)

Anastrophe Is an Example of Figurative Language

When people think of figurative language, metaphors, similes, personification, hyperbole, idioms, and euphemisms usually come to mind. However, the term figurative language also covers unusual or imaginative word constructions. Therefore, it also includes alliteration, assonance, consonance, onomatopoeia, logosglyphs, and anastrophe.

Yoda's Speech is Anastrophic

"Powerful you have become. The dark side I sense in you."

"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is."