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The Wonderful World of Tone!
Whimsical

Definition: Fanciful humor

"Summer school and
     jumbo shrimp,
    of course.
Friendly fire, famous
     poet, common sense,
and, until very recently,
     safe sex.
Blind date, sure thing,
     amicable divorce...
 
Want a one-word
     oxymoron?  Prepay.
Money's--forgive me--
     rich in such mischief:
trust officer, debt  
     service, common
     thief--
these phrases all want
     to have it both ways
 
and sag at the middle
     like decrepit beds..."
            ~Oxymorons, by William Matthews 
 
 
     William Matthews' poem of oxymorons is toned in a whimsical way.  By using "famous poet", "trust officers", and "common sense", he seeks to amuse his readers.  "...the phrases all want to have it both ways and sag at the middle like decrepit beds" personifies the oxymorons in a quirky, yet amusing way.  This poem was not written to be read in a serious manner, but rather happy and carefree. 

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