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Taylor Swift Red Figurative Language Analysis
Transcript of Taylor Swift Red Figurative Language Analysis
who are listening feel the happiness and struggles of
the song. Taylor mainly uses similes to communicate that even though there is happiness in your life or in a situation, it can be taken away or changed with one weighing factor. The weighing factor in this song
being an end of a relationship. "Loving him is like driving a new Maserati down a dead end street," (Swift), The first simile:
Compares having a Maserati, with no where to go, to the thrill and end of a relationship
Maserati = Happiness / Relationship = Happiness
Maserati - use = Disappointment / Relationship + progressing slowly or not at all = loss of interest & disappointment
Concluding that both have weighing factors that end badly
The second simile :
Compares Autumn to the end of a relationship
Trees loosing colors and falling of the leaves
Similar to the happiness of a relationship soon changing and falling like the leaves on an autumn tree Taylor Swifts composition of the song red uses both metaphors and imagery together to cause emotional ties to past experiences. Swift uses direct colors to certain emotions. The effectiveness of this is that it is allowing a color, known to most, an emotion that can translate to the shade or vibrant of the selected color. “Losing him was blue”, (Swift), Dark Grey = Depression/ Loss Red= Passion = used because of the immediate symbolism that comes with it. IE: love, heart Also has the imagery present of the bright vibrate happiness that autumn leaves have. ( which is explained in the similes part of the presentation)
Blue= Sadness = used because of the duel meaning of blue and the incidental dark feelings that come from the colors dark blue and navy. Also the imagery of it is the falling of the leaves (passion) and the longing/ missing of them on the tree. ( or the missing of the significant other in a relationship)
Dark Grey= Depression and loss = used because of the colorless image that it represents in ones mind. The dull color when added with the emotion shows the loss of the passion ( red- color) and the undeniable emotion of wanting it back. It is also seen through imagery as the autumn trees leaves slowly rotting and loosing all their colors. These hyperbole's are intentional exaggerations to the mood and tone of the song. Swift uses “fast as wind” and “sin” because of their undeniable negativity that follows, which corresponds to the mood of the relationship ending in this section of the song. " Were burning red.." ( Swift) Taylor Swifts Lets take a closer look, shall we? & “Like the colors in autumn, so bright before they lose it all” (Swift) “Missing him was dark grey”, (Swift), "Loving him was Red,"(Swift), Blue = Sadness Red = Passion “Faster than the wind, passionate as sin”, The use of this idiom as many of the other figurative language devices is to exaggerate the emotion of love and loss. Taylor does not literally mean that they were "burning" or " red" but means their passion for each other was "red". Works cited
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"Google Images." Google Images. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2013. By: Hailey Doughty The End Things to think about: 1. Do you think Taylor Swift uses Figurative language in all of her songs?
2. Knowing the different uses of exaggeration do you think Taylor music is underrated?