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Figurative Language

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Lauren Sevilla

on 9 April 2015

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Transcript of Figurative Language

w open your mind up and listen me,
I am your conscience
, if you do not hear me, then you will be history, Kendrick
I know that you're nauseous right now and I'm hopin' to lead you to victory, Kendrick
I'mma show you how to turn it up
a notch
First you get a swimming pool full of liquor, then you dive in it
a direct comparison;
DOESN'T use "like" or "as"; usually states something
something else
Now I done grew up round some
people living their life in bottles
Granddaddy had the golden flask
Back stroke every day in Chicago
Element: Symbolism +
FigLang: Extended Metaphor
Pour up
, head shot
Sit down
, stand up
Pass out
, wake up
, faded
I ride, you ride,
One chopper, one hundred shots,
Hop out, do you
Two chopper, two hundred shots,
I ride, you ride,
One chopper, one hundred shots,
Hop out, do you
Two chopper, two hundred shots,
Symbolism: an object represents an idea

What object(s) is referred to again and again in the song?

What about this object is important?

Extended Metaphor: a comparison between two unlike subjects throughout an entire poem

What activities using this object are repeatedly referred to?

Who do these activities involve?

** Lead straight to which Lit Element?
(Poetic Techniques: Figurative Language)
Element: THEME
Using your notes to complete a graphic organizer on how Kendrick Lamar uses
1 literary ELEMENT
1 example of figurative language
**HINT: Come up with a theme FIRST.**
*This is your WRECK IT RALPH alternative assignment!*
Figurative Language
Giving human-like qualities to objects or animals
Who is speaking here?
Note the narrator perspective*
*Why would Kendrick Lamar include this "scene"?

An over-exaggeration used to describe something
How does this exaggeration add to this speaker's character? His relationship with Young Kendrick?
*ID: Lit Element
Connotation vs. Denotation
What does it mean to "live in a bottle"?
Why would Kendrick say his Granddaddy "backstroked"?
*Identify Lit Element Correlation
I ride, you ride,
One chopper,
one hundred shots,
Hop out, do you
Definition of "Bang" according to the dictionary
What kind of diction is this?
(Formal/Informal-Colloquial or slang?)
What connotations (contextual meaning/feeling) does Kendrick accomplish?
ID: Lit Element

Team 1:
Pay attention to voices and every time there's a new voice (deep, high-pitch, whispers, normal). Who might the different voices belong to?

Team 2:
How does the meaning of "shots" change in the song? What did shots mean in the beginning of the song VERSUS at the end of the song?

What characters appear in "Swimming Pools"?
-Who (or what) is the deep voice?
-The high pitched voice?
-Normal voice?
-"Harmony"/Combined voices?
Techniques used to accomplish or emphasize a literary element
ex. anxious, haunting diction-->
of fear,
foreshadowing disaster

Why would Kendrick repeat these words again and again?
*ID: Lit Element
A word or phrase repeated to show its importance; it also creates rhythm and make the word/phrase easier to memorize
The vivid mental picture created in the readers mind by the language used in a poem.

**Appeal to senses: sound, taste, touch, smell, sight**

What are some images from the song that stick out to you?
The author's central message in their literary work.
inherent features of storytelling
; essentially what the writer/speaker uses to tell the story. These include plot, setting, characterization, mood, theme, foreshadowing symbolism, etc.
The writer's portrayal of a character
describing their character's
appearance, behaviors, personality traits,
and especially
how that character is perceived by other characters
Characterization: Narrator Perspective
1st person
: "I" perspective /
reader accesses thoughts and events from a single character
Other types: retrospective, "innocent-eye"

2nd person
: "You" perspective / the narrator relates events this way either to:
portray inner dialogue
(speaking to themselves)
relating an event as if they were in a conversation with the reader

3rd person: "God" perspective
- unknown narrator has access to thoughts and actions of all characters
Who is the narrator? What type of perspective is it?
An environment or surrounding in which an event or story takes place.
physical location, specific era in time, or social conditions in which the event occurred

"Social Conditions"? What...
MOOD <---accomplished through DICTION

When analyzing literature, always DESCRIBE the diction! Every writer, especially poets, use conscious decisions in word choice. Describe how they used it. "Detached" diction or "increasingly violent" diction
What's the mood of the party Young Kendrick attends?
What words led you to that conclusion?
And now.... Figurative Langage
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