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What is an Oxymoron?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech that uses contradictory terms. The most common form of oxymoron involves an oxymoron-noun combination of two words.

Examples of an Oxymoron:

Deafening silence.

Pretty ugly.

Minor crisis.

Living dead.

Bitter sweet.


They can also be used to create an oxymoron poem.

Example of a poem using Oxymora:

The calm wind blew,
The sun shone a blinding light.
All around, a deafening silence as,
The atmosphere changed shape.


Oxymora are used in poetry to create dramatic expression.


Why don't you try writing a poem using an oxymoron and enter it into one of our Poetry Competitions.