1/09/2019

Chiasmus : A Short Note.

Chiasmus  The inversion I the order of the words or phrases when repeated. Examples:  “Beauty is truth, truth beauty”, (Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”) “Fair is foul, and foul is fair”, (Shakespeare: “Macbeth”) “The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” (Shakespeare: “As You Like It”) “Better a witty fool than a foolish wit” (Shakespeare: “Twelfth Night” ) “Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind” (J.F. Kennedy: Speech on UN General Assembly,)  Chiasmus is used to make the meaning more impressive by witty effect.


The inversion I the order of the words or phrases when repeated.

Examples:
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty”, (Keats: “Ode on a Grecian Urn”)

“Fair is foul, and foul is fair”, (Shakespeare: “Macbeth”)

“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool” (Shakespeare: “As You Like It”)

“Better a witty fool than a foolish wit” (Shakespeare: “Twelfth Night” )

“Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind” (J.F. Kennedy: Speech on UN General Assembly,)

Chiasmus is used to make the meaning more impressive by witty effect.

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