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You know 'Killing me softly with his song' is a famous song title sung by Fugees.
I wonder whether 'killing me softly with his song' this expression is a paradox or a metaphor..

It's confusing...
The definition of metaphor means a way of describing something by comparing it with something else which has some of the same qualities.
( For example, 'The mind is an ocean' and 'the city is a jungle' are both metaphors.)
The definition of paradox means a situation that seems very strange or impossible because of two opposite qualities or facts..

Do you think it's a paradox or a metaphor?
I wanna hear your opinions..

p.s. Correct my writing if it's not correct...
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Well, I don't know if "paradox" is the correct rhetorical term here; I think perhaps this is an oxymoron. It's certainly a deliberate contrast between "to kill" and the pleasant word "softly."

I don't think it's really a metaphor, since the song is not being compared to an actual thing. "He stabbed me with the stiletto of his song" would be a metaphor, for example (and alliterative besides).

I wonder whether this expression, 'killing me softly with his song,' is a paradox or a metaphor.

And by the way, I first heard this song sung by The Carpenters, oh so very long ago. Never heard of the Fugees Emotion: smile
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And by the way, I first heard this song sung by The Carpenters, oh so very long ago. Never heard of the Fugees Emotion: smile

The song was first recorded by the person who wrote the lyrics, Lori Lieberman. Two years later, in 1973, it became a hit when recorded by Roberta Flack.
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Oh, of course. Roberta Flack. How stupid of me. Emotion: embarrassed Thanks.
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I think that it is both.... but for me it is a metaphor of a verbally abusive relationship where by the partner completely absorbs the individual.... and the relationship becomes skewed...