Irony In Ozymandias

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A paradox is an apparent contradiction that is nevertheless somehow true either a situation or a statement.
In a paradoxical statement the contradiction usually stems from one of the words being used figuratively or with more than one denomination.
Overstatement, understatement, and verbal irony form a continuous series, for they consist, respectively, of saying more,less, or opposite of what one really means. In service of truth.
Sarcasm is simply bitter or cutting speech, intended to wound the feelings.
Satire is a more formal term, usually applied to written literature rather than to speech and ordinarily implying a higher motive: it is ridicule of human folly or vice.
Irony is neither cruel nor kind simply a tool, two meanings operating
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The verbal irony in the phrase “the magic of puberty” (5) is that usually puberty is a stage which isn’t “magical” being usually various either desirable or undesirable things occur to the human body. The verbal irony is that it is implied that puberty is not a stage which people usually like, being as used in the phrase puberty seems as a positive stage. The target of satire in the last three lines is that one should not be submissive to the pressure to change in accordance to society, rather to simply be oneself.
"Ozymandias," P.121-22, Q 1,2,4
The “hand” refers to the sculptor and the “hearts” refers to Ozymandia, the figure of speech which is exemplified is a metonymy.
Ozymandias is desolate, and proud, an arrogant master with cruel passions, and ambitions. 4. The theme of the poem is the worthlessness of the claims made by human tyrants, being Ozymandia claimed to be a great king above all, however all that remains of him are remains and emptiness instead of greatness.
"Lady Luncheon Club," P. 123-24, Q 1,2,3
The ironic discrepancy between line 1-2 is that the counsel needs help to think, being counsels are supposed to be the ones giving advice and not needing help. Moreover, in line 3-4 another ironic discrepancy is that the woman has a golden watch however the poet mentions they will pay the man from a “petty” cash
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The general tone of the poem is melancholic, in addition the speaker is using an understatement in conveying his emotion.
"The Unknown Citizen," P. 130-31, Q. 2,3,4 2. The allusion is to “the unknown soldier” a term used for soldiers who died and can’t be identified, the irony in the title is that there are various normal people who are conventional, thus don’t cause an uproar so they might as well be declared unknown. The citizen was “unknown” because he/she did everything accordingly and contributed to society as a good citizen, however didn’t do nothing out of the ordinary, thus they might as well be declared unknown. 3. From Auden‘s point of view the citizen life consisted of taking actions an average good citizen would take, the citizen’s character is a great and contributed to society, however there wasn’t nothing that set him or she apart. 4. This poem satirizes what the trend in modern life to buy what’s up to date and popular in society such as beats headphones and apple phones, being they are normal products which people buy to fit it
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