What is the function of an anastrophe in literature? I'm looking for why an author would use an anastrophe in a story/poem.

1 Answer
Oct 5, 2016

An anastrophe is used to provide emphasis by jarring the read through the use of an unexpected word order.


Compare the effect in reading:

Bloody and battered, the man lay in the gutter.

with the more usual

The man lay in the gutter bloody and battered.