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Paradox

Statement that seems to contradict itself but is nevertheless true.

Paradox is an example of:
Comparison

I find here that Don Pedro hath bestowed much honor

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Leonato
I find here that Don
Pedro hath bestowed much honor on a young
Florentine called Claudio.
Messenger
Much deserved on his part, and equally
remembered by Don Pedro.Anapodoton
He hath borne himself
beyond the promise of his age, doing in the figure
of a lamb the feats of a lion.

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O that this too too solid flesh would melt

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O, that this too too sullied flesh would melt,
Thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!
Or that the Everlasting had not fix’d
His canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! O God, God,
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!

O God, God,
How weary, stale, flat, and unprofitable
Seem to me all the uses of this world!
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Source:
Act 1
Scene 2
Line 133

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Connected Notes:
Hamlet’s First Soliloguy

My only love sprung from my only hate!

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My only love sprung from my only hate!Paradox
Too early seen unknown, and known too late!Epanalepsis
Prodigious birth of love it is to me
That I must love a loathèd enemy.Irony

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Act 1
Scene 5
Line 152

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My bounty is as boundless as the sea

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My bounty is as boundless as the sea,Simili
My love as deep;Ellipsis the more I give to thee,
The more I have,Anaphora, Paradox
for both are infinite.
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Act 2
Scene 2
Line 140

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Words, words, words

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Hamlet
Words, words, words.Epizeuxis
Polonius
What is the matter, my lord?
Hamlet
Between who?
Polonius
I mean the matter Antanaclesis
that you read, my lord.

Though this be madness, yet there is
method in ‘t.

Hamlet
Slanders,
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Act 2
Scene 2
Line 210

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The earth that’s nature’s mother is her tomb

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The earth that’s nature’s mother is her tomb;
What is her burying grave, that is her womb;Paradox & Personification

And from her womb children of divers kind
We sucking on her natural bosom find:Metaphor & Personification

Many for many virtues excellent,
None but for some, and yet all different.
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Act 2
Scene 3
Line 9

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Tombs and Wombs

Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds

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Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Towards Phoebus’ lodging. Such a wagoner
As Phaëton would whip you to the west
And bring in cloudy night immediately.Alliteration & Allusion

Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
That runaways’ eyes may wink, and Romeo
Leap to these arms, untalked of and unseen.Personification

So tedious is this day
As is the night before some festival
To an impatient child that hath new robes
And may not wear them.
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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 1

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O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face!

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O serpent heart, hid with a flow’ring face!Paradox
Did ever dragon keep so fair a cave?Metaphor
Beautiful tyrant!Oxymoron Fiend angelical!Oxymoron
Dove-feather’d raven!Oxymoron Wolvish ravening lamb!Oxymoron

Was ever book containing such vile matter
So fairly bound?
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Act 3
Scene 2
Line 79

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Connected Notes:
Caves, Temples & Palaces

Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague!

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Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague!
See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.Paradox
And I for winking at your discords too
Have lost a brace of kinsmen. All are punish’d.
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Act 5
Scene 3
Line 301

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A Plague and a Scourge