Inversion is a term used to refer to the inverting of the normal word order in a sentence or phrase. Writers will use inversion to maintain a particular meter or rhyme scheme in poetry, or to emphasize a specific word in prose.
Inversion and an astrophe are the same thing.
The ocean blue
To the store, I will go.
A cat, fluffy and fat
My teacher, kind and generous
Writes the girl
From Romeo and Juliet:
Her mother is the lady of the house,
And a good lady, and wise and virtuous.
I nursed her daughter that you talked withal.
I tell you, he that can lay hold of her,
Shall have the chinks
From The Hobbit:
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit
From Star Wars-Yoda is a master of inversion:
Agree with you, the council does. Your apprentice, young Skywalker will be.
Not in the legionsf horrid hell can come a devil more damned in ills to top Macbeth.
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