The term ‘inversion’ refers to the practice of changing the conventional placement of words. It is a literary practice typical of the older classical poetry genre. In present day literature it is usually used for the purpose of laying emphasis this literary device is more prevalent in poetry than prose because it helps to arrange the poem in a manner that catches the attention of the reader not only with its content but also with its physical appearance; a result of the peculiar structuring.

In the much known and read Paradise Lost, Milton wrote:

“Of Man’s First Disobedience, and the Fruit

Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal taste

Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,

With loss of Eden, till one greater Man

Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,

Sing Heav’nly Muse. . .”

6 thoughts on “Inversion”

    1. I guess basically their difference is that Anastrophe changes only the place of adjectives but Inversion can alter the whole structure.

  1. So basically its the difference between Let’s eat Grandma and Grandma, let’s eat.
    (Not meaning that I want to eat my grandma.)

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