This Entry is Very Ironic!

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"It is interesting to contrast Empson's famous 'ambiguities' with New Criticism's 'paradox, 'irony' and 'ambivalence' (Eagleton 45).

After reading the chapter about "The Rise of English" I thought that we needed to be refreshed on what irony is.

According to Hamilton, "Irony is the broadest of figures of thought that depend on presenting a deliberate contrast between two levels of meaning...the major types of irony are verbal, structural, dramatic, tragic, and cosmic" (44).

An example of verbal irony:

Tom and his cousin Ashley were fighting. Tom said, "Ashley, your hair looks SO NICE." She knew that he was using sarcasm and quickly replied, with tears streaming down her cheek, "I knew I had a bad hair day, but did you have to emphasize the point." As a result of this discussion, they both went their own ways.

I think that this offers an example of verbal irony because Tom is expressing one meaning of Ashley's hair, but really means another.

If anyone has any examples of irony, please feel free to post them.

Click here for the web page devoted to Hamilton.

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Ok Derek. To add to your irony definitions, dramatic irony "occurs when the audience is privy to knowledge that one or more of the characters lacks" (Hamilton 46).

An example of this happened when one of my new favorite TV personalities decided he was going to propose to a girl (that he seemingly only met a few times before) while she was at dinner with her parents. This person was, of course, Josh Duggger, the oldest child of Jim Bob and Michelle. Anna (his now wife) did not know he was in town. Her parents, however knew exactly what was going to happen.

How's that for dramatic irony.

Oh and by the way, if you have time to catch the TV show 18 and Counting on TLC, please do. It's very entertaining to say the least.

Great example of dramatic irony!

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