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Katy Perry "Roar" Lyrical Analysis

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Patricia Dawson

on 24 December 2013

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Katy Perry "Roar" Lyrical Analysis
Lyric Analysis
You hear my voice, you hear that sound. Like thunder gonna shake the ground"

-These lyrics are an example of a simile. She is comparing her voice to thunder, loud and moving. A Simile compares two unlike objects or ideas using "like" or "as"

"I see it all, I see it now"
-These lyrics are a demonstration of a hyperbole. A hyperbole is an over exaggeration an author uses to make the reader understand the severity of the situation. Katy Perry doesn't really see it all, but the author means that she understands now what she needs to do.

Lyric Analysis
"I got the eye of the tiger"
-This is an example of an allusion. Eye of the tiger refers to a song written by Survivor in which a person is being described to overcome great obstacles to achieve greatness.

"Now I’m floating like a butterfly. Stinging like a bee"
-This is another example of an allusion. This alludes to the statement made by Muhammed Ali about his fighting style. Katy Perry means that she's gracefully, but packs a mean punch.
Lyric Analysis
"you’re gonna hear me roar Louder, louder than a lion"
-This is an example of a metaphor. A metaphor, like a simile, is a comparison between two unlike objects or ideas but does not use "like" or "as". Here Katy Perry is comparing her roar (voice) to being louder than a lion's roar.

-This is an example of an onomatopoeia. An onomatopoeia is a word that mimics the sound that it makes. Writers use them to add emphasis to a word/situation and to appeal to the readers/watchers/listeners five senses.
Literary devices are all around us. There use helps enhance the readers/watchers/listeners experience and facilitate the writers intended purpose. So, the next time you write, read, listen, or watch something, think about the techniques used to help you enjoy or understand the experience.
Lyric Analysis
"I used to bite my tongue and hold my breath
Scared to rock the boat and make a mess"
-These lyrics demonstrate the use of idioms. Sayings that are not to be interpreted literally. Katy Perry doesn't mean that she actually bit her tongue or held her breath and she wasn't in a boat either. She uses these idioms to express the fact that she used to not say anything even if she didn't agree with someone else or something else. She was scared to stand up for what she believed in.
Authors use literary devices to enhance their writing and the readers understanding.
Literary devices are also used in songs and movies as well. For example:
There are many literary devices that writers can use to enhance the readers (or watchers) experience and effectively demonstrate their main idea.
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