What is anastrophe? What are some examples?

1 Answer
Jul 25, 2016

An anastrophe is a literary device where the noun and adjective in the sentence are exchanged.


Usually, in a sentence, the adjective comes before the noun. An anastrophe switches that around. It's used to create a dramatic effect and gives weight to the description given by the adjective.
Some examples:

He spoke of times past and future, and dreamt of things to be.

I taste the ice cream delicious; it flows smoothly like water.

Powerful you have become; the dark side I sense in you. (Yoda, Star Wars)