Is this a literary device?


Hello, I’ve been wondering if there’s a specific name (such as hyperbole, oxymoron, metaphor, etc) to this type of wordplay where you swap the phrasing/words of the sentence. I typically see them in motivational quotes.

Examples: ‘Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits’ / ‘Don’t count the days, make the days count’

i am aware that in (motivational) quotes, devices like rhyme are common. However, I am specifically looking to find out about these types of sentences above, where they don’t change the words used, but rather just swap the ordering of the words. I would appreciate if anyone could provide some insight into this and if this is infact a literary device or a simple play on words. Thanks!

English Tutor Answered question February 18, 2020

Yes, it is a literary device or term that is called Chiasmus.

English Tutor Answered question February 18, 2020