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yes or no?

answer the next question with yes or no.
is the next word you are going to say no?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 04/22/2013 - 19:55

I was about to say indifferent. I realize that's not an option here.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:37
hahahahahaha thnx

hahahahahaha thnx

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/22/2013 - 01:01
paradox or oxymoron?

His face was the face of a student-thin and ascetic, but his eyes had the cold gleam of a fanatic.
Is this a literary device altogether?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 04/07/2013 - 19:07
that's from the gentle rain,

that's from the gentle rain, right?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 11/07/2013 - 03:18
Aren't there different types

Aren't there different types of paradoxes? (Paradoxi?) I suppose I'm thinking more in terms of sci-fi paradoxes, but there's the predestination paradox for one. I can't think of others off the top of my head.

Or maybe sci-fi paradoxes are completely different from literary paradoxes?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 03/07/2013 - 01:54
Examples of a paradox

"Ignorance is strength"

"Freedom is slavery"

"War is peace"

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 01/28/2013 - 14:55
They are oxymorons.

All of them are not paradoxes.

Oxymorons are like

Pretty Ugly

Dangerously safe


Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 12/21/2014 - 14:05

The next sentence is false. The last sentece was true.

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 12/14/2012 - 05:44

This statement is false.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 04/02/2014 - 06:39


Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 02/27/2013 - 06:17
Literary Term?

What is it called when characters switch roles? Like if a mother figure turns childlike and the child turns in to a mother figure?

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 10/21/2012 - 01:43

when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 10/11/2012 - 18:14
example ?

A gun doesnt make you a badman, living in the ghetto doesnt make you a thug
is that correct ?

Posted by Anonymous on Mon, 10/01/2012 - 02:20
paradox vs juxtaposition

In Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder, there are two things I'm unsure of. Paul Farmer says "Not to isolate them would be a violation of human rights!" What would that be considered as? Paradox? Juxtaposition? Something else? Also,Jim Kim says, "Paul is a model of what should be done. He's not a model for how it has to be done." What device is this, if it is one?

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/11/2012 - 17:49
Great Paradox

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 02:35
Ha! I didn't even realize

Ha! I didn't even realize that was a paradox until you said that. Mindblown! XD

Posted by Anonymous on Sun, 09/09/2012 - 19:19

is 'an ugly flower' a paradox?

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/27/2012 - 02:08


Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:27
Re: paradox

No, it's an oxymoron. It's only a pair of words.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 05/01/2012 - 06:46
Re: Re: paradox

To add information, a flower is usually pretty. If you add a negative connotation in there, the pair of words contradicts with each other.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 05/30/2012 - 22:19
Paradox verses allegory what is the difference

What is the difference between the two?

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 04/26/2012 - 04:31
oxymoron vs. paradox

How is oxymoron and paradox different?

Posted by Anonymous on Sat, 12/31/2011 - 16:50
oxymoron vs. paradox

oxymoron is more about a pair of words that contradict each other, rather than a whole phrase that appears to be contradictory.

Posted by Anonymous on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 03:21
High walls make not a palace;

High walls make not a palace; full coffers make not a king

The paradox in this sentence, I believe, lies in that one usually assumes the contrary to be the case. When one thinks of a palace the idea is a of a huge house, at least consisting of three floors. Then when one envisions a king the idea of a huge fortune is tied to it. But what the person who wrote this sentence intends to say is that what actually makes a palace or a king is something we do not often think about. Obviously a billionaire is not necessarily a king, nor his mansion truly a palace.

Posted by Anonymous on Thu, 12/29/2011 - 15:27

Paradox seen in, "A Poison Tree" by WIlliam Blake
Paradox is another literary device presented through several parts of the poem. Paradox can be shown as using contradictory concepts and ideas, that when used together, adds a deeper level of importance and worth. Paradox is shown with just the title itself, “A Poison Tree,” because of the two main words: poison and tree. Poison is seen as harmful and deadly, while in contrast, trees are often used to represent life and the growth of humanity. These two words in the title, if interpreted correctly, set the tone for the rest of the poem. Because paradox is not commonly seen at first, when analyzing a poem as such, it adds much more underlying meaning and significance that was not noticed at the initial glance.
Paradox can be seen as soon as the poem starts to get read. At least two examples of paradox can be seen in the first stanza, “I was angry with my friend; / I told my wrath, my wrath did end.” (lines 1 and 2) and, “I was angry with my foe: / I told it not, my wrath did grow.” (lines 3 and 4). It is the last word of every other line that shows the examples of paradox. At the end of line 1 and the end of line 3, the words friend and foe are used. Those are clearly contradicting terms due to the fact that friend is defined as someone that one another is close to and thinks well of, while a foe is another word for enemy. The second paradox presented in this stanza is seen with the ending words of line 2 and line 4, using the words end and grow. The word end, in this case, is interpreted as in finishing whatever wrath that was stirring, while the word grow, is showing progression and the continuation of an ongoing event. Although not seen exactly in the same spots throughout the poem, paradox is presented all through Blake’s work.

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 10/05/2011 - 09:38
more examples?

What are more examples of paradox? Im not really sure i quite understand how high walls and full coffers are contradictory of each other

Posted by Anonymous on Wed, 09/28/2011 - 17:28
Paradox ex:

This sentence is false (portal)

Posted by Anonymous on Fri, 03/22/2013 - 17:50

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