One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An inversion of the normal order of words, especially for the sake of emphasis, as in the sentence ‘this I must see’.
- ‘The prose of Marías wraps long sentences and hyperbatons in a more torrid embrace than ever in his reiterations.’
- ‘Likewise, Lucan uses hyperbaton to suggest Erictho's agitation, as she threatens to reveal Persephone's darkest secrets.’
- ‘A couple of hyperbatons here and there can help create more suspense.’
- ‘That's an original idea, toss out SVO syntax and let the hyperbatons roll!’
- ‘The use of the poetic device hyperbaton, or inverted word order, is a form of repetition that sets the mood for the rest of the section.’
Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek huperbaton ‘overstepping’ (from huper ‘over, above’ + bainein ‘go, walk’).
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