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Examples of Irony


Post by natttt
Posted on 2011-01-07 12:37:09
Irony is the use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning; a statement or situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance or presentation of the idea.

Three kinds of irony are commonly recognized:

1. Verbal irony is a trope in which the intended meaning of a statement differs from the meaning that the words appear to express.

2. Situational irony involves an incongruity between what is expected or intended and what actually occurs.

3. Dramatic irony is an effect produced by a narrative in which the audience knows more about present or future circumstances than a character in the story.

Some examples of ironyin Literature, Poems & Poetry:

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

Other examples:

It was ironic that the fire station burned down.
He is as smart as a soap dish
I have no doubt your theatrical performance will receive the praise it so richly deserves.
Sir, may I say you are as smart as Einstein ever was.
An ambulance driver rushes to the scene of an accident, only to run the victim over, because the victim crawled into the middle of the street in the darkness of night.
In 1912 the Titanic was touted as "100% unsinkable", and yet the ship sank on its maiden voyage.

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