Poetry
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Explore one example of oxymoron in ‘Climbing My Grandfather’.

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Yasmin Ali Best Answer!

 An oxymoron is used in line 10, comparing the grandfather’s fingers to ‘warm ice.’ Such a contradiction is reflective of the fact that the grandfather’s skin may be cold, but that he is a warm, kind person. Despite his large, formidable exterior, the grandfather holds an inner warmth that makes him accessible to/ loved by the child. The oxymoron is found in the following, Quote: “the skin of his finger is smooth and thick like warm ice. On his arm I discover”

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An oxymoron 'warm ice' is used to describe the skin on his fingers. The contrast highlights something both deeply familiar and reassuring and something thrilling and slightly unnerving – possible unnerving because of the awe and wonder the grandson feels for his grandfather.

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