The second literary skill you will study is inversion.
By definition, inversion is the reversal of the normal word order in a sentence or phrase (Elements of Literature- Fifth Course, page 1177).
Inversion is usually used when writing poetry because an author may want to move the word order around so that the words at the end of the lines rhyme.
However, sometimes inversion is used for a certain effect. That is the case with the speech of one character from the Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith. Yoda, the Jedi master, speaks almost entirely in inversion.
Now view the following video and pay attention to how Yoda, the little green Jedi master, speaks. Most of his sentences are inverted.
Did you notice how Yoda puts the noun phrase at the end of the sentence instead of at the beginning? One example is: "If into the security recordings you go, only pain will you find." In normal English syntax, the sentence would be: "You will only find pain if you go into the security recordings."
Another example is :"Destroy the Sith, we must!" In normal English syntax, the sentence would be: "We must destroy the Sith!"
Think of several possible reasons why Yoda would speak like that. One might be that it forces the listener to pay closer attention to what is being said. Can you think of any other reasons?
Inversion is most effective when used to write poetry. The author might need to move words around in order to make lines of poetry rhyme.
Here is the audio version of "Here Follows Some Verses upon the Burning of Our House, July 10, 1666". Listen as she reads and note the inversion she uses to make end rhymes. It would be a good idea to have your textbook opened to page 29 as you listen to this. You can actually see the inverted word order while hearing the poem.
Now, just for fun, try writing a few lines (maybe 5 or 6) of poetry using inversion. If you blog them to me, I will give you 5 extra credit points on your next assignment. This offer is only valid if you blog back to me. Do not bring the poem to school and try to turn it in because I will not accept it.
Your next literary skills are the parts of a play and reading a play.