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• Inversion of the natural word order
• Used in order to provide special emphasis
because the expected emphasis is not found
at the beginning of the sentence
• It is a type of Hyperbaton
• He looked down at his feet, worn and
–He looked down at his worn and blistered
–The adjective comes after the noun that
is modified
• Glistens the dew upon the morning
–The dew glistens upon the morning grass.
–Verb is placed before the subject
• Two dogs, they own.
–They own two dogs.
–The object comes before the verb
Anastrophe Examples
• Quentin Tarentino's film Pulp Fiction and Kurt Vonnegut's
novel Slaughterhouse Five are both examples of Anastrophe
due to their backwards sequence of events.