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[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:
15) In the third of du Bellay's Amores, (16) the word Roma in the first line is anagrammatically reversed in the course of the poem and appears as its very last word, Amor.
Given these linguistic and thematic parallels with Aeneid 4, I think it arguable that the Ovidian saucius arcu not only draws upon the Propertian passages cited above but also alludes anagrammatically to Vergil's `saucia cura' (Aen.
Hodgson obviously enjoys the story with all its fantasy and also the academic game, as when he points out that '"the Roylotts of Stoke Moran" permutes itself anagrammatically into "snake story tom-fool rot"' (344); but Rosemary Hennessy and Rajeswari Mohan, with little sense of the ridiculous, lose 'The Speckled Band' in Marxist-feminist ideological jargon, such as 'the symbolic encoding of the daughter's seduction in "The Speckled Band", including Holmes's complicity with Roylott, is an instance of the ideological function of incest motifs' (399).
In Mother Poem, mane anagrammatically alters name and mean, nan plays upon ann, nam upon man, and so forth (M, 55, 74-75).
The name Edny is, after ail, anagrammatically submerged in Edgar Huntly.
Et and te literally show the position of the two lovers; the rest of the letters, beginning with the liceat, show the embrace both by interlocking anagrammatically and by the unusual spacing of the words (liceat--lacertis).
Bad-guy" yields slobbering "G-Dubya" anagrammatically.
The writer's creation in Mallarme's poem is rendered unrecognizable by the alienating effects of language, which pull words toward seemingly arbitrary relations and resemblances with other words, so that, for instance, the letters of 'lampe' are anagrammatically rearranged into 'Palmes' ('L'aurore se jeta sur la lampe angelique.