Irony


Definition of Irony:
The expression of one's meaning by using language that usually signifies the opposite, generally for humorous or emphatic effect.


Example of irony #1:

From:
For Annie, By Edgar Allan Poe

Thank Heaven! the crisis,
The danger is past,
And the lingering illness
Is over at last,
And the fever called "Living"
Is conquered at last.


Example of Irony #2:

From:
"There's A Certain Slant Of Light," By Emily Dickinson


There's a certain slant of light,
On winter afternoons,
That oppresses, like the weight
Of cathedral tunes.

Heavenly hurt it gives us;
We can find no scar,
But internal difference
Where the meanings are.

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Irony poetry:
  • Definition of irony
  • Examples of irony
  • Examples of authors using irony
  • Explanation of how irony is used




Why are poetry examples important?

Studying examples of poems using various poetic devices such as irony helps create an understanding of how those poetry terms work within different types of poetry.  For instance examples of poems using onomatopoeia can illustrate how sounds can be represented in poems.  Likewise, examples of poems using alliteration can shed light on how alliteration affects the rhythm of a poem.  Many poems can be an example of irony, but sometimes good examples are hard to find.  You'll find relevant, concise poetry examples here. 

Can Poems be examples of more than one poetry term?

Absolutely.  Examples of poems using hyperbole are also examples of figurative language, since hyperbole is considered a type of figurative language.  That's just one example.  Poems usually contain multiple poetic terms and devices like irony.  The poetry examples contained in this site often link to other poetry devices of which that poem serves as an example.  However, we provide unique examples for each poetry term wherever possible.

Slideshow:    Irony

Irony Video



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See also:    Figurative Language