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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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