I was a bit sniffy about oxymorons in my last post but they can be a very precise shorthand and phrases like eloquent silence and expensive economy are a pretty neat way of summing up complex situations. I just hate the knee jerk clash of opposites as in - groan - forgotten memories.
I've done a little research (as a way of avoiding more pressing duties i.e. revising a manuscript) and come up with these very satisfying gems....anyone got others they would like to share?
I do here make humbly bold to present them with a short account of themselves and their art. . . . Jonathan Swift
The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read,
With loads of learned lumber in his head
He was now sufficiently composed to order a funeral of modest magnificence...
I burn and freeze like ice -- a description of hell in Milton’s Paradise Lost