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.

See Also

What is figurative language? What is assonance? What is consonance? What is a logosglyph? What is alliteration? Glossary of grammatical terms