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Antimetabole

 

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Description

Antimetabole is the repetition of a clause, with reversed wording in the second clause.

Example

We eat to live, not live to eat.

Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country. -- J.F.Kennedy

It is not even the beginning of the end but is perhaps, the end of the beginning -- Winston Churchill

Discussion

When the first clause is spoken, it may not be particularly noticeable. However, when the second clause is given, the repetition is immediately noticed. This is a form of emphasis.

Initially the antimetabole may seem confusing, forcing the listener to review what was said in order to make sense of the full meaning.

Using antimetabole can have a punchy, significant impact. It is thus very popular, particularly in political speeches.

Antimetabole is a type of chiasmus, though with a tighter, more specific form.

It is also used as a word to describe an epanados that is also an antithesis.

Antimetabole is sometimes called antistrophe, although this word also has other meanings.

Classification: Repetition, Reversal

See also

Chiasmus, Repetition principle, Confusion principle

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