How does anastrophe affect meaning?

1 Answer
Nov 17, 2017

The usage of anastrophe often creates a more dramatic impact on the reader.


Anastrophe is defined as a literary device where the words used are inverted. A lot of the time the adjectives and nouns are exchanged.

In the English language, we have a common way to create sentences. Adjective followed by noun followed by verb. Anastrophe lets the sentence become heavier and bring the reader's attention to it.

An example:

Traditional English: I lack motivation.
Inverted English: Motivation I lack.