How we change what others think, feel, believe and do
Antimetabole is the repetition of a clause, with reversed wording in the second clause.
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
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.
Antimetabole is sometimes called antistrophe, although this word also has other meanings.
Classification: Repetition, Reversal