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Figurative Language Project Queen/Owl City/ Billy Joel

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Transcript of Figurative Language Project Queen/Owl City/ Billy Joel

Figurative Language Project
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
Queen
"Fireflies"
Owl City
"Piano Man"
Billy Joel

"Bohemian Rhapsody"
By: Queen
Figurative Language
Simile: "Carry on, Carry on as if nothing really matters" This is a simile because it is comparing them moving on and them moving on as if nothing matters, also using the word "as".
Metaphor: " Caught in a landslide" Meaning he is not really caught in a landslide, he just has a large amount of event happening in his life that he can't all control.
Alliteration: "Goodbye, everybody, I've got to go, gotta leave you all behind and face the truth." He repeats the "
g
" sound in a close phrase.
Personification: "Sent shivers down my spine." Nothing really sent shivers down his spine, it was just the feeling he felt thinking about how his time has come.
"Fireflies"
By: Owl City
Figurative Language
Simile: " 'Cause I feel like such an insomniac" He is comparing how he feels when he tries to go to sleep to insomnia using the word "like".
Metaphor: "As they try to teach me how to dance." The fireflies are not really dancing, they are just fluttering in a way that seems like a dance.
Alliteration: "It's h
a
rd to s
a
y th
a
t I'd r
a
ther st
a
y
a
w
a
ke when I'm
a
sleep." There is a repeated use of "a" in a short phrase.
Personification: "Cause I get a thousand hugs, from ten thousand lightning bugs." The fireflies are not actually hugging him, just the way they surround him is like a hug.
"Piano Man"
By: Billy Joel

Figurative Language
Simile: "And the piano sounds like a carnival" He is comparing the piano to a carnival using the word "like".
Metaphor: "Making love to his tonic and gin." He is making a direct comparison between the alcohol and something you can make love to.
Alliteration/Assonance: "It's sw
ee
t and I kn
e
w it compl
e
t
e
wh
e
n I wor
e
a young
e
r man's cloth
e
s." This has the repetition of the vowel "e".
Personification: "As a smile ran away from his face." A smile can not run away from you face.
By: Kirstyn Mark
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
By: Queen
(Continued)
Figurative Language
Onomatopoeia: "Mama, Oooh," Oooh would be a sound that you would make when you are in pain or distress.
Hyperbole: "So you think you can love me and leave me to die?" He would not die in actuality if you loved and left him.
Idioms: "Easy come, easy go" He used this phrase to describe that he is laid-back and nonchalant.
Imagery: " I see a silhouette of a man." This is showing that he sees a shadow in the shape of a man.
Rhyme: "Thunder bolt and
lightning
/very, very
frighting
me" Here is an internal rhyme, which is lightning and frighting.
Rhythm: "Scaramouche, Scaramouche, will you do the Fandango." This one part of the song follows a quicker, but, steady pace and slow back down a tad into the next line.
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
By: Queen
(continued)
Figurative Language
Allusion: "Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me, for me, for me." A biblical allusion, referencing Beelzebub and the devil.
Assonance: " I'm just a p
oo
r b
o
y n
o
b
o
dy l
o
ves me/ He's just a p
oo
r b
o
y fr
o
m a p
oo
r family" These lines contain the repetition of the vowel "o".
Consonance: "
M
ama, oooh, didn't
m
ean to

m
ake you cry." This line contains the repetition of the same consonant "m".
Pun: "Spare him his life from this monstrosity" He is referring to his guilt for killing a man and the fact that they may kill him as the "monstrosity".
Symbolism: " If I'm not back by this time tomorrow, carry on, carry on as if nothing really matters ". He may die and if he does than they will have to move on knowing he won't be with them anymore.
Irony: "Mama, just killed a man, put a gun aganist his head,pulled my trigger now he's dead. Mama, life has just begun, but now I've gone and thrown it all away." He just ended another man's life and by doing that he also ended his own, not yet in a physical state.
"Bohemian Rhapsody"
By: Queen
theme

This song is about a man who committed murder and is about to be executed for it. However, what makes it so special is that it is composed of three different types of genres. A ballad section, opera section, and a rock section. The ballad section express the disbelief of the thought that he committed the murder. The opera section conveys the hostilities between the thoughts of his family, his friend, and his executioners. The rock section deals with his denial of the entire situation and his wanting to escape. And finally the outro returns back to the ballad and his acceptance of his fate.
The use of figurative language enhances the message the writer is trying to convey to the reader by making the listener want to understand how the singer is feeling as they sing and interest the listener with the way they change the words in the sentence to make it sound more like a feeling than a song.
"Fireflies"
By: Owl City
(continued)
Figurative Language
Onomatopoeia: "Ha-ha" This is a sound of laughter.
Hyperbole: "You would not believe your eyes, if ten million fireflies, lit up the world as you fell asleep." He is exaggerating, ten million fireflies would not light uo the entire would just as you fell asleep.
Idiom: "Because my dreams are bursting at the seams." His dreams are not literally bursting but they are now filled with amazing thoughts due to these fireflies.
Imagery: " I got misty eyes as they said farewell." He is creating a mental picture of what it looked when the fireflies left.
Rhyme/Consonance: " 'Cause they fill the open
ai
r
/ and leave tear drops
everywhe
r
e
/ you'd think me rude but I would just stand and
sta
r
e
." The words " Air, Everywhere, and Stare" all rhyme and they all repeat "r".
"Fireflies"
By: Owl City
(continued)
Figurative Language
Rhythm: " Leave my door open just a crack/ 'cause I feel like such a insomniac/ why do I tire of counting sheep?/ When I'm far to tired to fall asleep" This one verse of the song slows down and stressed sound are reoccurring.
Allusion: "That planet Earth turns slowly." Referencing the planet Earth.
Assonance: " 'Caus
e

e
v
e
ry thing is n
e
v
e
r as it s
ee
ms." The repetition of the vowel "e".
Pun: "A sock hop beneath my bed." A sock is a object under his bed and a sock hop is a dance.
Symbolism: "I got misty eyes as they said farewell/ but I know where several are if my dreams get real bizarre/ 'cause I saved a few and I keep them in a jar." He must say goodbye to the happiness that he feels but he save a piece of it in his heart.
Irony: " When I'm far to tired to fall asleep" If you are tired then you go to sleep, you can't be to tired to go to sleep.
"Fireflies"
By: Owl City
Theme
The theme of this song is that we should cling on to the childhood that we have and enjoy it while it last. Time goes by fast and you do not want to miss out on any of the fun during your time of excitement.
The writer used figurative language to enhance their message by creating a child like feeling within the words of the song and a sweet feeling of innocence and excitement.
Figurative Language
Onomatopoeia: "La la la di da da/ La la di da da da dum" This is the sound of singing to the sound a instrument would make.
Hyperbole: "Bill I believe this is killing me." He in not really being killed because he is stuck working as a bartender.
Idiom: "To forget about life for a while" The people aren't really going to forget about life, they just want a break from all the hardships the must deal with.
Imagery: "It's nine o'clock on a Saturday" He is giving us a mental image of how the setting looks.
Rhyme: "He is quick with a
joke
or to light up your
smoke
" The words "joke" and "smoke" rhyme.
"Piano Man"
By: Billy Joel
(Continued)
"Piano Man"
By: Billy Joel
(Continued)
Figurative Language
Rhythm: " 'Cause he knows that it's me they've been coming to see to forget about life for a while." This put emphasis on unstressed sounds that are also rhymes.
Allusion: " He says
Bill
I believe this is killing me." He is referencing himself as Bill.
Consonance: "
N
ow Joh
n
at the bar is a frie
n
d of mi
n
e" This contains the repetition of the consonant "n" .
Pun: "Yes they are sharing a drink they call loneliness but it's better than drinking alone" They are with each other drinking loneliness but it is better than being lonely and drinking anything.
Symbolism: "They put bread in my jar" Bread is a symbol for money, or they give him enough money so he can buy himself a decent meal.
Irony: "Yes they are sharing a drink they call loneliness but it's better than drinking alone" They are together in lonely times but it is better than being alone in amazing times.
"Piano Man"
By: Billy Joel
Theme
The theme is that Billy Joel himself is the piano man and he is telling stories about the people he sees in the bar regularly that can become much more than who they are but they don't have the motivation to do it. However when they ask the piano man to play a song they know they can strive to be more but each one of them has something missing that keeps them coming back to sit in the same bar everyday.
The way Billy Joel uses figurative language to enhance this message is by creating a scene that can turn into a movie in your head. He sets it up with a simple setting and then it explodes into a wide intriguing story that is like a additive book.
Let's Get Started!
Now Let's Listen!
QUEEN!!
Now Let's Listen!
Now Let's Listen!
BILLY!!
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