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 anastroph&emacron;, 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.