How do you define Irony? What is Irony? The word derives from the Latin word 'ironia' meaning 'feigned ignorance'. Plural: Ironies. The definition of Irony is as follows:
English Grammar & Terminology Definition of Irony - a poetic device
Definition: A Figure of speech. A contradiction of expectation between what is said and what is meant or an incongruity between what might be expected and what actually occurs. Often connected to a fatalistic or pessimistic view of life.
Examples of Irony in Literature, Poems & Poetry Examples of the main three types of irony can be found in the works of the most famous poets and authors including Coleridge and Shakespeare.
Dramatic example: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles in which Oedipus searches to find the murderer of the former king of Thebes, only to discover that it is himself, which is known to the audience all along.
Verbal example: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare "Yet Brutus says he was ambitious; And Brutus is an honourable man"
Situational example: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Coleridge: Water, water, every where, And all the boards did shrink ; Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink
In this example it is ironic that water is everywhere but none of it can be drunk
Examples Help! Use of Irony in Poems & Poetry
Examples of Irony can be found in many examples of the poem, poems or poetry. Famous poets use this figure of speech to convey and emphasize unusual and vivid images. The use of strong word association changes the mode of thought and adds variation, embellishment and adornment to literary works.
Examples Help - Figures of Speech - Irony
In Figurative Language we use words in such a way that they differ somewhat from ordinary every-day speech and convey meanings in a more vivid and impressive manner. Figures, like Irony make speech more effective, they beautify and emphasize it in Rhetoric which is the art of speaking and writing effectively. Figures of speech such as Irony use word association to convey emotion and mood often in a non-literal sense.
Examples Help! Using Irony
Figures of speech such as Irony adds adornment, beautifies, colors, elegant variation, embellishment, embroidery, emphasis, exaggeration, exclamation, flourish, floweriness, irony, lushness and luxuriance to the English language. This page providing facts and info about Figures of Speech will help with the understanding of this subject.
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Poem, Poems & Poetry - Irony
Word association to convey emotion and mood.
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Figure of Speech in English Grammar
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The main three types are dramatic, verbal, situational