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Theory:

A paradox is a figure of speech that contradicts its statement. It contains opposite statements in the same sentence.
Paradox comes from the Greek word 'Paradoxa', which means contrary to opinion or expectation. Although it seems contradictory in the beginning, it makes sense in the overall context. A paradox reveals higher concepts of the universe delivered in a simple way.
    Example:
  • Less is more
  • The enemy of my enemy is my friend
  • The only constant is the change
  • Living in the present for the future
  • If everyone is special, then no one is
  • I always tell the truth, even when I lie
  • I can't live with or without you
  • Be cruel to be kind
  • To bring peace, we must war
Paradox in the poem "Animals":
I think I could turn and live with animals, they are so placid and self-contain’d,
I stand and look at them long and long.
 
Explanation: The poet says he could turn and live with animals, but at the same time, he says he will stand in the same place for a long time staring at animals.