Oxymoron in Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art

Oxymoron Examples in Bright Star! Would I Were as Steadfast as Thou Art:

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"sweet unrest..."   (Text of the Poem)

The phrase “sweet unrest” is an oxymoron, or a figure of speech in which contradictory terms are placed in conjunction for emphasis. Sweet means pleasing to the senses; unrest, disharmony or strife. This oxymoron underscores the speaker’s internal struggle: the moment is sweet but his knowledge that it will eventually end causes him unrest. The moment is perfect and it makes it bittersweet.