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

  1. “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.

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