|rhetoric another term for inversion|
|[C16: from Greek, from anastrephein to invert]|
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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