Antimetabole

Entertainment / Literature / Antimetabole: (Greek, 'turning about') A rhetorical scheme involving repetition in reverse order: One should eat to live, not live to eat. Or, 'You like it, it likes you.' The witches in that Scottish play chant, 'Fair is foul and foul is fair.' One character in Love's Labor's Lost uses antimetabole when he asks 'I pretty, and my saying apt? Or I apt, and my saying pretty?' (I, ii). Antimetabole often overlaps with chiasmus. This device is also called epanados. See schemes.

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