Chiasmus

Definition:
Chiasmus is a figure of speech containing two phrases that are parallel but inverted to each other.

Example:
You can take the patriot out of the country but you cannot take the country out of the patriot.

6 thoughts on “Chiasmus”

  1. in the quote “…he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.” would the switch of “falling faintly” and “faintly falling” be chiasmus?

  2. Is this Chiasmus
    It’s not the size of the man in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the man.

  3. Here’s a good one for animals!
    You can take the animal out of the wild, but you can’t take the wild out of the animal.

    Basically meaning that no matter how much we domesticate animals, they will always have their primal instincts.

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