A hyperbaton is a literary device wherein the author plays with the regular positioning of words and phrases and creates a differently structured sentence to convey the same meaning. It is said that by using a hyperbaton, words or phrases overstep their conventional placements and result in a more complex and intriguing sentence structure. This literary device is used to add more depth and interest to the sentence structure.

“Alone he walked on the cold, lonely roads”. This sentence is a variation of the more conventional, “He walked alone on the cold, lonely roads”.

9 thoughts on “Hyperbaton”

  1. “A closed window looks down
    on a dirty courtyard, and black people
    call across or scream across or walk across” is that a hyperbaton

  2. Original sentence: I must see this
    Hyperbaton: This I must see (You invert/move position of words other than the verb or subject).
    Anastrophe: See this, I must (Usually short sentences that make sense when inverted, it has an object-subject-verb order).
    Inversion: Never must I see this. (usually starts with an adverb, and has verb-subject order)

  3. “all the time walking the street alone with nothing on her head but a scarf” is that a hyperbaton?

  4. Anastrophe is the interchanging of nouns and adjectives whereas hyperbaton is not limited by part of speech.

  5. What’s the difference between anastrophe and hyperbation? Are they interchangeable? Synonymous? From what I’ve read, the difference is specific (maybe), but I don’t know what that difference is. Help!

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