Paradox:An apparently self-contradictory statement, or one that seems in conflict with all logic and opinion, yet ,lying behind the superficial absurdity is a meaning or truth.
Some of Donne’s poems are extended paradoxical argument, full of witty comparisons and unexpected
reversals, as, for instance, ’Death, Be Not Proud.


  1. The child is father of the men.
  2. There is no one so poor as a wealthy miser.
  3. Failures are the pillars of success.


A word with the same pronunciation but different meanings. It can also play with words that sound
similar ,but not exactly the same . That jokes humor comes from the confusion of the two meanings.

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