Figures of speech are literary devices which are used to convey ideas that go beyond their literal meaning.
In English, there are more than 200 different types of figures of speech. ‘Antithesis’ is one of them.
Antithesis is a figure of speech where opposite ideas are brought together in a sentence for poetic effect.
- He toiled all day and he slept all night. (Contrasting words ‘day‘ and ‘night‘ are brought together.)
- Madhu is disciplined in her professional life but disorganised in her personal life. (Contrasting words ‘disciplined‘ and ‘disorganised‘ are brought together.)
Following are some famous examples…
“Love is an ideal thing; marriage is a real thing.”
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
“We must learn to live together as brothers or perish together as fools.”
—Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.”