Thursday, 1 July 2010

Oxymoron

Oxymorons, are contradictory phrases, e.g. pretty ugly, original copy, deafening silence and living dead to name a few. The poem below serves as an example of various situational oxymorons, in which every single line contains an oxymoron:

Summer Night
Nathan Alterman

One fine day in the middle of the night,
Two dead boys got up to fight,
Back to back they faced each other,
Drew their swords and shot each other,

One was blind and the other couldn't see,
So they chose a dummy for a referee.
A blind man went to see fair play,
A dumb man went to shout "hooray!"
A paralysed donkey passing by,
Kicked the blind man in the eye,
Knocked him through a nine inch wall,
Into a dry ditch and drowned them all,

A deaf policeman heard the noise,
And came to arrest the two dead boys,
If you don't believe this story’s true,
Ask the blind man; he saw it too!

2 comments:

  1. that was great!

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  2. :) Thanks Anon.

    I like it too ... great how we can twist words.

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