Inversion Examples


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.

Examples of Inversion:

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.

From Macbeth:

Not in the legionsf horrid hell can come a devil more damned in ills to top Macbeth.

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