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Stylistic Devices – Antithesis

contrasting relationship between two ideas

Antithesis emphasises the contrast between two ideas. The structure of the phrases / clauses is usually similar in order to draw the reader's / listener's attention directly to the contrast.


  • That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. (Neil Armstrong)
  • To err is human; to forgive, divine. (Pope)
  • It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father. (Pope)