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Taylor Swift-Red-Figurative Language

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Natalia Taylor

on 25 August 2013

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Transcript of Taylor Swift-Red-Figurative Language

Taylor Swift-

Figurative language in the lyrics.
Lets take a closer look, shall we?
Similes: A comparison using like or as.
In the song
, there are many similes. The song is about a boy (of course), and what it's like to love him. Taylor Swift has a string of similes used to describe what she felt during and after their relationship.
Loving him is

trying to change your mind.
the colors of autumn
Forgetting him was
trying to know somebody you've never met before.
Touching him is

realizing all you've ever wanted was right there in front of you.
Memorizing him was
as easy as
knowing all the words to your old favorite song.
Fighting with him was
trying to solve a crossword and realizing there's no right answer.
Regretting him was
wishing you never found out love could be that strong.
Love was
driving a new Maserati down a dead end street.
Metaphor: A comparison NOT using like or as.
Taylor swift also uses many metaphors in her song. They mostly relate to colors.
Losing him was
Missing him was
dark grey
Loving him was
Although those figurative language tools were the main Taylor used, there are a few more that she managed to sneak in.
Hyperbole: Intentional exaggeration.
Faster than the wind
Idiom: Doesn't literally mean what it says.
We're burning red.
Repetition: Repeating a word, phrase, or sound.
Forgetting him was like trying to know someone you've never met.
Alliteration: Repetition of the beginning sound.
Never known
All alone
Rhyme: Assonance and consonance.
Known, alone
Head, red
However, in my opinion, the biggest use of figurative language in this song is symbolism.
Symbol: Something that represents something else.
To me, every color that Taylor used throughout the song represents an emotion.
= sadness and hurt
Dark grey

As you can see, Taylor Swift may be a hopeless romantic, but her music is filled with poetic works.Taylor Swift uses a lot of figurative language in her songs; you just have to take a closer look in order to recognize it!
Its hard getting use to changing your mind. Taylor probably felt like their relationship was a hard concept to grasp.
There are so many different colors in fall, so that means the relationship had many different emotions.
You would never know someone you've never met, so this would translate to how Taylor feels it's impossible to ever forget him.
I'm guessing this applies to the shock she feels.
Memorizing him was very easy for her.
It would drive a person crazy to find out there's no right answer to a difficult problem, so when she fought with him it was very frustrating.
I think we can all conclude that her regret was very strong and very saddening.
Everything was fast, wild,and great, until Taylor reached the end of the relationship; then she felt very emotional.
All of the similes she used were to explain her feelings.
Taylor swift is exaggerating when she says they're faster than the wind.
She doesn't literally mean they're burning, or that they're red.
Taylor uses this line several times in the lyrics, because she is trying to get the point across that she wont forget him.
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