Hyperbaton

Definition:
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.

Example:
“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”.

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  1. 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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