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Chiasmus

 

a type of antithetical parallelism in which the parts of two parallel elements are placed in reverse sequence, in the pattern ab = b1a1. An example is “It was not a grass-blade in the open field that was nodding,/Nodding was my poor little homeless head.” Sometimes the sense of parallelism is maintained by the repeating of intermediate words in the pattern abc = c1ba1, as in Pushkin’s lines Avtomedony nashi boiki,/Neutomimy nashi troiki (“Lively our Automedons,/Our troikas tireless”).

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chiastic equation, plural-singular: singular-plural.
At the next highest level, I read two more chiastic structures, one in the first metrical section and one in the third.
(71) The composite of ordo--weaving, lining up, and beginning--thus appears most evidently, like the chiastic X, in an almost invisible structure.
Kieslowski's "passion for alternative scenarios," taking form here as a chiastic movement, takes us far beyond the metafictional relativism that some of the critics I've mentioned seem to impute to Kieslowski; his interest here is not strictly epistemological or ethical, but rather, is of a religious order, but without permitting us to settle for the simpler and deeply attractive religious acceptance imputed by others.
A good example of a poem that depicts one of Whitman's "hellscenes," one that includes an anonymous soldier-narrator who sees a number of other nameless figures, is "A March in the Ranks Hard-prest, and the Road Unknown." This poem is also one of the chiastic poems in Drum-Taps, ending where it begins.
Marlowe's lack of family creates a tidy chiastic structure with the thoroughly dysfunctional families of his clients, a gulf that aids the suppression of his desire for family.
Simon looks at chiastic elements in the book, and considers the date of Jonah's composition.
In this case, four lines from the series Abnu gikin[section]u--whether they come from the same or from a similar manuscript--were not only borrowed in a chiastic manner, but they were also interwoven into the narrative of the royal inscription.
My bile ran so dark and deep that it pooled on a memory that, to me, exemplified the contradictory nature of this complicated thing called love: the time Tony had tried to explain to our poetry workshop something called chiastic structure, using as an example an elegiac couplet written by Catullus to his mistress Lesbia.
The chi in chiasmus stands for the letter X in the Greek alphabet, and the word comes from the Greek khiasmos, meaning "crossing; to mark with a X." In most chiastic statements, if you stack the first clause on the second and then draw straight lines from the key words in the first to the second, you will draw an X.
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