Chiasmus (26 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

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  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : WORLD HISTORY AND IDEAS: A CROSS-CULTURAL VOLUME.


A rhetorical figure with two syntactically parallel constructions, one of which has the word order reversed. For example Alexander Pope's “They fall successive, and successive rise.”

Editors. "Chiasmus". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 November 2001
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