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Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 23 June 2018

Welcome to the Saturday Mix, 23 June 2018!

This week we are dipping our toes into the pool of OPPOSITES. Our challenge is all about “opposing forces” and the use of antithesis in our writing. You will need to use the two opposing words in your response – which can be poetry or prose.

Our words this week are:

– permit and forbid

– visitor and host

You may be asking yourself, How can I use antithetical statements in my writing?

Luckily, Kat from Literary Devices has some examples for you.

Common Antithesis Examples
Some famous antithetical statements have become part of our everyday speech and are frequently used in arguments and discussions. Below is the list of some antithetical statements:

You are easy on the eyes, but hard on the heart.
Give every man thy ear, but few thy voice.
Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing.
Patience is bitter, but it has a sweet fruit.
Man proposes, God disposes.
Speech is silver, but silence is gold.
Money is the root of all evils: poverty is the fruit of all goodness.

Example of Antithesis in Literature
In literature, writers employ antithesis not only in sentences but also in characters and events.

Charles Dickens’ novel ” A Tale of Two Cities” provides an unforgettable antithesis example:

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way.”

The contrasting ideas, set in parallel structures, markedly highlight the conflict that existed in the time which was discussed in the novel.

Source: LiteraryDevices Editors. “Antithesis” LiteraryDevices.net. 2013. https://literarydevices.net/antithesis/ (accessed June 23, 2018).

Good luck with your ‘Opposing Forces’ – I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Don’t forget to tag ‘Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie’, ‘Saturday Mix’, and hashtag #OpposingForces.

As always, make sure you link your fabulous creation to the helpful Mister Linky.

About weejars

I am a teacher with a passion for writing short stories, poems and other scribblings to provide an outlet for my more creative side. Hope you enjoy the ride!

16 comments on “Saturday Mix – Opposing Forces, 23 June 2018

  1. weejars
    June 23, 2018

    Reblogged this on By Sarah and commented:

    Let’s work with some opposites…


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  5. Jules
    June 23, 2018

    An opportunity to mini mash…
    Grant Gains

    Liked by 1 person

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  9. James Pyles
    June 24, 2018

    Here’s mine. It’s the 22nd chapter in my first draft novel: https://poweredbyrobots.com/2018/06/23/the-beelzebub/


  10. Michael
    June 24, 2018

    Something short from me Sarah, thought I pop it here:

    We had to get a permit to allow us access to the forbidden garden.
    Aunt Grace in her will had closed off the garden to all visitors insisting that if she didn’t a host of unwanted persons would trample her garden and she wasn’t going to her grave knowing that might happen.
    It seemed odd to seek a permit to visit her garden, though once every six months she did allow me to host a daily visit into her forbidden garden.


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  13. syncwithdeep
    June 27, 2018

    Thanks for the prompt Sarah. Here is my link.. it was absolutely entertaining to write this. https://syncwithdeep.wordpress.com/2018/06/27/runaway-bride/


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