Hyperbaton involves the deliberate rearrangement of words in a sentence to create a different meaning or emphasis. This can include changing the order of adjectives, adverbs, or verbs, and can involve splitting a word or phrase between two parts of a sentence.
Examples of hyperbaton:
“To die, to sleep— To sleep, perchance to dream—” – This line from Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” uses hyperbaton to emphasize the repetition of “to sleep”.
“Of man’s first disobedience, and the fruit Of that forbidden tree whose mortal taste Brought death into the world” – This excerpt from Milton’s “Paradise Lost” uses hyperbaton to create a more complex sentence structure and emphasize the importance of the “forbidden tree.”
“Strong is the Force in you” – This line from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” uses hyperbaton to emphasize the speaker’s point.
“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country” – This famous quote by John F. Kennedy uses hyperbaton to create a more memorable and impactful sentence structure.