I would like to share something I came across whilst refreshing my memory about the differences between a paradox and an oxymoron. It comes from the website, “Literary Devices”. It is an explanation regarding the usage of paradox and reads as follows:
“I can resist everything but temptation.” – Oscar Wilde
“What a pity that youth must be wasted on the young.” – George Bernard Shaw
“The above reading(s) may bring out the question, ‘Why is paradox used when a message can be conveyed in a straightforward and simple manner?’ The answer lies in the nature and purpose of literature.
One function of literature is to make the readers enjoy reading. Readers enjoy more when they extract the hidden meanings out of the writing rather than something presented to them in an uncomplicated manner. Thus, the chief purpose of a paradox is to give pleasure.
In poetry, the use of paradox is not confined to mere wit and pleasure; rather, it becomes an integral part of poetic diction. Poets usually make use of a paradox to create a remarkable thought or image out of words.
Some types of paradox in poetry are meant to communicate a tone of irony to its readers as well as lead their thoughts to the immediate subject. Paradox in most poems normally strives to create feelings of intrigue and interest in readers’ minds to make them think deeper and harder to enjoy the real message of the poem.”
Very well defined.
I love words. That is obvious to anyone who reads my work. In fact, one might say that I tend to ‘paint with words’ – a bit of an oxymoron, that.
As is so with most authors, I use bits and pieces of my own life experience and those of others whom I know or have observed (as well as other’s behaviors and personality quirks) and treat them to, sometimes significant amounts of, poetic license. To combine that with great, heaping helpings of the paradoxical and oxymoronic, should result in a pretty good book…at least that’s what I’m counting on!
It is my opinion that, unless a book can cause the reader to visualize, it is worthless…and that includes textbooks, by the way. How many times have you heard someone say, “I didn’t even like math until I got Mr/s So and So. S/he could actually make the subject interesting!”
My ‘stand out’ teachers and professors all had a grasp on the use of paradox, oxymorons, allusion, alliteration and even the oddest uses of onomatopiac turns of phrase!
Paradoxism and oxymoronism figure highly in the Folded Dreams books, simply because, for the subject, they seem most at home.
 http://literarydevjices.net/paradox/ Literary Devices: Definitions and Examples of Literary Terms. Paradox.Retrieved 20 July 2016.