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The yet-but has the flavor of antithesis (where two contrasting ideas are juxtaposed, as in "to err is human, to forgive divine") as well as more than a touch of oxymoron (Milton's "darkness visible"), of paradox (a statement self-contradictory on the surface, but which serves to evoke a truth, such as "youth is wasted on the young"), and even of synoeciosis (defined by the site Silva Rhetoricae as "a coupling or bringing together of contraries, but not in order to oppose them to one another").
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