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anagram

[Gr.,=something read backward], rearrangement of the letters of a word or words to make another word or other words. A famous Latin anagram was an answer made out of a question asked by Pilate. The question was Quid est veritas? [What is truth?], and the answer Est vir qui adest [it is the man who is here]. An anagram that reads the same backward as forward is a palindrome, e.g., "Able was I ere I saw Elba."
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Here the topos of the praise of generosity--the inherited genre of the danastuti--which will reappear in the final strophe has a double reading, for it anagrammatically signals another theme to come:
In Mother Poem, mane anagrammatically alters name and mean, nan plays upon ann, nam upon man, and so forth (M, 55, 74-75).
Bad-guy" yields slobbering "G-Dubya" anagrammatically.
And then there's the "Borgnine" anagrammatically arranged in the first two words of the poem subtitled "The Poseidon Adventure": "morning broke" (leaving m-o-r-k