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Is this really irony?

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What is irony?


Some High school teachers use this song to introduce the concept of irony or, more specifically, to illustrate what is NOT irony.

Enjoy this well-known song by Alanis Morrisette called Irony and think about the meaning of this concept, which is NOT what the song seems to say.

Explain in your own words, what irony is and illustrate it with your own examples.

Ironic (the song), by Alanis Morrisette
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jne9t8sHpUc


An old man turned ninety-eight He won the lottery and died the next day It's a black fly in your Chardonnay It's a death row pardon two minutes too late Isn't it ironic, don't you think It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought, it figures Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids good-bye He waited his whole damn life to take that flight And as the plane crashed down he thought "Well, isn't this nice." And isn't it ironic, l don't you think It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought, it figures Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you When you think everything's okay and everything's going right And life has a funny way of helping you out when You think everything's gone wrong and everything blows up In your face A traffic jam when you're already late A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break It's like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife It's meeting the man of my dreams And then meeting his beautiful wife And isn't it ironic, don't you think A little too ironic, and yeah I really do think It's like rain on your wedding day It's a free ride when you've already paid It's the good advice that you just didn't take Who would've thought, it figures Well, life has a funny way of sneaking up on you And life has a funny way of helping you out Helping you out.

Songwriters: Glen Ballard / Alanis Nadine Morissette Ironic lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, The Bicycle Music Company



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