reversal of the usual order of the parts of a sentence; inversion (Ex.: “Came the dawn”)
Origin of anastropheClassical Greek anastroph? from anastrephein from ana-, back + strephein, to turn: see strophe
Inversion of the normal syntactic order of words; for example, “Matter too soft a lasting mark to bear” ( Alexander Pope )
Origin of anastropheLate Latin anastrophē from Greek from anastrephein to turn upside-down ana- ana- strephein to turn ; see streb(h)- in Indo-European roots.
- (rhetoric) Unusual word order, often involving an inversion of the usual pattern of the sentence.