Anastrophe is a form of literary device wherein the order of the noun and the adjective in the sentence is exchanged. In standard parlance and writing the adjective comes before the noun but when one is employing an anastrophe the noun is followed by the adjective. This reversed order creates a dramatic impact and lends weight to the description offered by the adjective.

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

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    1. No, it is the present progressive (or present continuous) tense of the verb “to dwell”

      E.g., one could say: There God *dwells* (simple present tense) instead of There God *is dwelling*” (present progressive) –or *dines* instead of *is dining*, *laughs* instead of *is laughing*, and so forth.

  1. “All Creatures Great and Small”…

    I believe ‘Tripping the Light Fantastic’ fits the bill…I want it to also fall within Metonymy’s realm…People learned, is this so?

    1. No, that’s just clumsy wording. An anastrophe would be “Words he used, and thoughts, and strategy”
      You see how it can give a simple everyday act a cloak of grandeur.
      We talked about past times, that’s kind of ordinary and sad
      We talked of times past, and you’ve got noble knights remembering the brotherhood of the Round Table.

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