Anastrophe

Examples Help! What is the definition of Anastrophe?

How do you define Anastrophe? What is a Anastrophe? The word derives from the Greek word 'anastrephein' meaning 'to turn back' . Plural: Anastrophes. The definition of Anastrophe is as follows:

 

English Grammar & Terminology Definition of Anastrophe - a poetic device
Definition: A rhetorical device which demonstrates the inversion of the natural order of words; as, echoed the hills, for, the hills echoed.

Anastrophe is a type of hyperbaton in which the adjective appears after the noun when we expect to find the adjective before the noun.

Definition of Anastrophe - a poetic device

Examples of Anastrophe in Poems & Poetry
Poems with Anastrophe examples can be found by the most famous poets including Shakespeare

  • "The helmsman steered; the ship moved on; yet never a breeze up blew." from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge
  • "Figures pedantical" from Loves Labours Lost by William Shakespeare
  • "Long time the manxome foe he sought" from Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll
  • "Arms that wrap about a shawl" from "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T. S. Eliot
  • "Our lives upon, to use Our strongest hands" from Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • "This is the forest primeval."  from Evangeline by Henry Longfellow
  • 'Hopkins Hope holds to Christ the mindís own mirror out' by Gerard Manley Hopkins
  • 'Just Because' a poem by Natalie Dorsch
    I walked up the door,
    shut the stairs,
    said my shoes,
    took off my prayers,
    turned off my bed,
    got into the light,
    all because
    you kissed me goodnight.

Examples of Anastrophe Poems

Examples Help! Use of Anastrophe in Movies
Examples of Anastrophe can be found in modern movies where the sequence of events are cut into different sections and then scrambled into an unusual narrative order. Examples of movies made this style are as follows:

  • Pulp Fiction by Quentin Tarentino
  • Back to the Future directed by Robert Zemeckis
  • The Star Wars movies
  • The Bad and the Beautiful directed by Vincente Minnelli
  • Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Examples Help! Use of Anastrophe in Poems & Poetry
Examples of Anastrophe can be found in many examples of the poem, poems or poetry. Famous poets use this figure of speech to convey and emphasize unusual and vivid images. The use of strong word association changes the mode of thought and adds variation, embellishment and adornment to literary works.

Examples Help - Figures of Speech - Anastrophe
In Figurative Language we use words in such a way that they differ somewhat from ordinary every-day speech and convey meanings in a more vivid and impressive manner. Figures, like Anastrophe make speech more effective, they beautify and emphasize it in Rhetoric which is the art of speaking and writing effectively. Figures of speech such as Anastrophe use word association to convey emotion and mood often in a non-literal sense.

Examples Help! Using Anastrophe

Figures of speech such as Anastrophe adds adornment, beautifies, colors, elegant variation, embellishment, embroidery, emphasis, exaggeration, exclamation, flourish, floweriness, irony, lushness and luxuriance to the English language. This page providing facts and info about Figures of Speech will help with the understanding of this subject.

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