noun Rhetoric.
inversion of the usual order of words.

1570–80; < Greek: turning back. See ana-, strophe Unabridged
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anastrophe (əˈnæstrəfɪ)
rhetoric another term for inversion
[C16: from Greek, from anastrephein to invert]

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"inversion of usual word order," 1570s, from Gk. anastrophe "a turning back, a turning upside down," from anastrephein "to turn up or back," from ana "back" + strephein "to turn" (see strophe).
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in literary style and rhetoric, the syntactic reversal of the normal order of the words and phrases in a sentence, as, in English, the placing of an adjective after the noun it modifies ("the form divine"), a verb before its subject ("Came the dawn"), or a noun preceding its preposition ("worlds between"). Inversion is most commonly used in poetry in which it may both satisfy the demands of the metre and achieve emphasis:In Xanadu did Kubla KhanA stately pleasure dome decree(from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's "Kubla Khan")

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