An Introduction to Anacoloutha

Anacoloutha (the opposite of acolouthaOpens in new window), refers to the substitution of one word with another whose meaning is synonymous to the original but in a non-reciprocal fashion — that is, one cannot use the first (original word) as a substitute for the second.

An Example of Anacoloutha
  • “When Diana lighteth Late her crystal lamp, Her pale glory kindleth From her brother’s fire.”
  • the manuscript of Benediktbeuern

The word “glory” is being used instead of “light,” but the replacement is not reciprocal; light would probably not be used for glory.

Further Readings:
Silva Rhetoricae, Figures | Acoloutha Opens in new window