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Wordplay - Jason Mraz

Literary Devices
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Natalie D

on 6 March 2013

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Transcript of Wordplay - Jason Mraz

By Natalie Du & Jessica Wilkes Literary Devices Found in Music By Jason Mraz Jason Mraz Wordplay Overall Message Simile Rhetorical Question He then emphasizes the importance of his wordplay in the rhetorical question "Are you listening to a single word I've said?" •Born June 23, 1977 in Mechanicsville, Virginia
•Mraz's stylistic influences include reggae, pop, rock, folk, jazz, and hip hop
•Mraz released his debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come in 2002
•It was not until the release of his second album, Mr. A-Z that Mraz achieved commercial success.
•The album peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 200 and sold over one hundred thousand copies in the US
•The song “I’m yours” was a huge commercial success in the US with it receiving a triple-Platinum certification from the RIAA for sales of over three million
•Fun Fact: Mraz also owns an avocado farm in Northern San Diego County near Fallbrook. The idea behind it has to do with Jason's second album Mr. A-Z and how after his successful song The Remedy, he feels pressure to have another hit.
For Example:
"The sophomore slump is an uphill battle"- Some musicians find it difficult to produce a second album after having a huge success with their first.
"Is everybody ready for the single and it goes..."- Telling the listener this will be the next hit song.
"You want a new song like a new religion"- People need a new hit song.
" 'Cause they need a new song Like a new religion" - simile showing how society is always changing and needing new things to occupy themselves Repetition of consonant words placed close to each other:
"sophomore slump", "live the life of leisure" "mix and mingle" Literary Devices Hyperbole "When the music's makin' people tongue-tied" - Hyperbole showing how music can confuse people so Mraz has chosen to make this more clear through his lyrical 'wordplay' or poetic techniques. Alliteration Imagery " I built a stream of consciousness, that always seems to be a flowin'"- rise above and build beyond what people think of him Metaphor 'I've been a new sensation' - metaphor showing that in the past he was really popular, implying that he is now not as successful.

'The sophomore slump is an uphill battle' - metaphor showing his slump in popularity is a tough battle he has to fight in order to remake his image, fanbase and success. Thanks for listening!
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