Of this spirit> philosophy takes no account. [fronted]

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park sang joon

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But this feeling soon gave place to irritation. And then came, as if to my final and irrevocable overthrow, the spirit of PERVERSENESS. Of this spirit philosophy takes no account.
<Source: The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe http://poestories.com/read/blackcat>

I know the underlined clause isn't in a normal word order and I think the clause in a normal word order is like the following.
: "Philosophy takes no account of this spirit."
So I'd like to know why this kind of the change of word order occurs.

Thank you in advance for your help.
  • owlman5

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    Writers sometimes invert normal word order for effect. Poe's inversion works well because it connects "the spirit of perverseness" with the following sentence: Of this spirit philosophy takes no account.

    Try not to be too surprised or confused when you find experiments with word order used in fiction, PSJ. Good fiction writers often play with words and their normal order.


    American English
    I subscribe to owlman's evaluation, and would just add that you need to consider the age, i.e., the time when this was written.

    It may have been commonplace to have the word order that way at that time.
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