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Anastrophe exists in Japanese: Usual order: 前の彼女が放火、殺人、信号無視の罪で終身刑になったと知って安心した。 Anastrophe: 前の彼女が終身刑になったと知って安心した。放火、殺人、信号無視の罪で。 (Note about the word 終身刑: Strictly speaking, 終身刑 means life imprisonment without parole, and the usual life imprisonment with a possibility of parole is technically called 無期刑. However, in nontechnical context, 終身刑 often ...
喫緊の間かつ極めて秘密裡に作業が行われたため、起草、正本の作成に充分な時間がなく、また詔書の内容を決める閣議において、戦争継続を求める一部の軍部の者によるクーデターを恐れた陸軍大臣・阿南惟幾が「戦局日ニ非（あらざる）ニシテ」の改訂を求め、「戦局必スシモ好転セス」に改められるなど、最終段階まで字句の修正が施された。(source) So, the original line was more direct: 戦局日ニ非（あらざる）ニシテ →（現代訳）日に日に劣勢になっていく →it's getting worse every day And the War Minister Anami Korechika, fearing a coup d'etat from military ...
Rhyme hasn't had much presence through the history of Japanese poetry, so you can say that Japanese poetry is virtually built on blank verses. The underlying meter of traditional Japanese poetry style, or 和歌 (waka) is, as @user4092 has pointed out, the repetition of 5-7 cycles based on quadruple measures. The word 短歌 (tanka; 5-7-5-7-7) literally means ...
The 5-7-5 pattern is musically perceived as 5 quavers, 3 eighth rests, 7 quavers, one eighth rest and 5 quavers, making the 4/4 rhythm. example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lps7EaIPEAA
Well, I don't think the use of litotes is language(or country?)-specific. Some people are fond of rhetorics, while others prefer direct expressions. That's all, I guess.
If you are looking for a structured approach to become familiar with different writing styles, common ways of constructing/planning essays, technical writing, newspapers, novels etc then I would suggest working your way through some 読解 text books for the JLPT. The written section which makes up 1/3 of marks but takes up 1/2 the time is a series of ...
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