Hyperbaton An inversion of
normal word order. A generic term for a variety of figures involving transposition (see
below), it is sometimes synonymous with anastrophe.
Hyperbaton is a figure of speech in which words that naturally belong together are separated from each other for emphasis or effect. This kind of unnatural or rhetorical separation is possible to a much greater degree in highly inflected languages, where sentence meaning does not depend closely on word order. In Latin and Ancient Greek, the effect of hyperbaton is usually to emphasize the first word. It has been called "perhaps the most distinctively alien feature of Latin word order."
Assisted by Leigh Averett
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