Thanksgiving Is Ruined
March 09, 2009
TiR's favorite chiasmus of the week
"Our obligation is not to torch the past, but to pass the torch."
quoted here, spoken at recent memorial for the late Ron Carey
Though technically the above might better be called an example of antimetabole.
TiR's extensive (& pointless) notes state that our favorite chiasmus as of October 2005 (not posted here then) was to be found in Chapter 12 ("Savior") of The Autobiography of Malcolm X:
"We didn't land on Plymouth Rock, my brothers and sisters -- Plymouth Rock landed on us!"
Soon thereafter, as perhaps inevitably happens to some of those who pause to wonder about the above quote, TiR's favorite chiasmus came from Cole Porter's lyrics to "Anything Goes."
The apex of our antimetabole obsession & chiasmania probably hit last summer, when we traced its/their appearances to, among other places:
Maurice Hunt, in his great, above-linked 2000 article on Shakespeare's "Antimetabolic King John," links the device to notions of
To be sufficiently clever and bloggy, this post should end with something antimetabolic
, don't we know?(but lame)
No, we don't.