Something spooky is going on with this post. Last week I wrote it and tried to pre-post it to appear on April 3rd. But guess what? It published on March 29th. I couldn't figure out what I'd done. The date on the posting plainly said, April 3rd.
So on the day when the A to Z Challenge started I posted my blog, but this one remained. I finally deleted it. Now I'm reposting. Sorry for the mix up.
On to this posting. A chiasmus is a pattern of writing in which the second half of the sentence balances with the first and reverses. Here's some wonderful examples:
"You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget." --Carmac McCarthy, The Road, 2006.
"I had a teacher I liked who used to say good fiction's job was to comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable." --David Foster Wallace.
The master of chiasmus was William Shakespeare.
"That one for all, or all for one we gage." --The Rape of Lucrece, (1594)
"I wasted time, and now doth time waste me." --King Richard II (1595-94)
"What would you have? Your gentleness shall force more than your force move us to gentleness." --As You Like It (1599-1600)
I know when I first posted this blog I had other examples of chiasmus, however before I deleted my first posting I copied it, but when I tried to paste it NOTHING was there.
This posting is very "Outer Limits" for me, thus I think it fitting that I end Shakespeare's quotes with something from Macbeth.
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair, Hover through the fog and filthy air." --Macbath (1606)
Okay, what famous chiasmus do you remember?