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Figurative Language in Pop Culture #1: Poetry Type of rhythmic, compressed language that uses figures of speech and imagery to appeal to the reader's emotions and imagination. #2: Narrative Poem Tells a story in verse, such as ballads and epics. Explanation In Jonathan Larson's One Song Glory, you can clearly hear and even feel the rhythm, imagery, and the several figures of speech throughout the song's entirety. You can also observe, see, and hear all of the poetic devices throughout the song. Explanation In Train's Drops of Jupiter, a story is being told in verse. To me, it is a story of someone's thoughts that he or she has about someone who was very important to them and has "walked out" or left them. The composer deeply longs for what he once loved and had right by his side. #3: Lyric Poetry Poetry that does not tell a story but is aimed only at expressing a speaker's emotions or thoughts. #4: Ballad Song that tells a story. Explanation Bruno Mars' Lazy Song definitely portrays a ballad by telling a story of the composer's thoughts, feelings, and desires to do absolutely nothing today. I'm sure the writer, and all the other people that can relate, knows what it is like to feel exhausted. Since it is probably one of those type of days, a "lazy day" seems unarguably mandatory. Explanation In Bruno Mars' When I Was Your Man, a story is being told, but the song entirely is consumed of thoughts and feelings of regret, remorse, and desire. The man being spoken about in this song clearly still has feelings for the woman he was with. Now, due to his mistakes, they are no longer together, and he wishes he would have done things differently to keep her. #5: Stanza Group of consecutive lines in a poem that form a single unit. Explanation In Eminem's Loose Yourself, there is several stanzas throughout the song, for example, here is one of them:

"You better lose yourself in the music, the moment You own it, you better never let it go You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow This opportunity comes once in a lifetime..."

They (the lines of the song) are a group of consecutive lines in a poem that form a single unit. #6: Rhythm Musical quality in language produced repetition. Explanation In Nicki Minaj's Super Bass, one is able to feel and hear the repetitive, rhythmic, and similar noises, sounds, and lyrics. Therefore, you can hear and somehow feel the catchy beats and sounds of the high/up-tempo song. #7: Imagery Language that appeals to the senses. Explanation In Justin Timberlake's My Love, there are specific lines that help us listeners to kind of get a picture of something Justin Timberlake would want us to see in our minds or maybe even do in reality. Here are the lines of imagery, an example of figurative language:

"Yeah, because I can see us holding hands Walking on the beach, our toes in the sand
I can see us on the countryside
Sitting on the grass, laying side by side
You could be my baby, let me make you my lady
Girl, you amaze me
Ain't gotta do nothing crazy
See, all I want you to do is be my love..."

These words appeal to all of our senses (taste, touch, sight, hearing, and smell) and allow us to create a picture of the setting in our heads. #8: Alliteration Repetition of the same or very similar consonant sounds usually at the beginnings of words that are close together in a poem. Explanation In Bruno Mar's Grenade there is an example of alliteration. There is repetition of the same and very similar consonant sounds at the beginning of the words. Here are the lyrics to it:

"Black, black, black and blue beat me till I'm numb, tell the devil I said hey When you get back to where you're from Mad woman, bad woman, that's just what you are, yeah you smile in my face then rip the breaks out my car Gave you all I had and you tossed it in the trash You tossed it in the trash, yes you did..."

Notice the all of the words that start with the consonants b and t. This is irrelevant to the topic of this slide, but this is also an example of assonance. Notice the words that start with the vowels y and i. Assonance is the exact, same, and coequal thing, but with vowels instead of consonants #9: Assonance Repetition of similar vowel sounds that are followed by different consonant sounds, especially in words that are close together in a poem. Explanation In Nicki Minaj's Right By My Side (featuring: Chris Brown), Nicki Minaj uses assonance in her song. Here's how she does it:

"I-I, I’m not living life I’m not living right I’m not living if you’re not by my side Oooh-ohhh I-I, I’m not living life I’m not living right I’m not living if you’re not by my side Oooh-ohhh..."

Notice the all of the words that start with the vowels I, y, and o. This is irrelevant to the topic of this slide, but this is also an example of alliteration. Notice the words that start with the consonants n, l, r, b, m and s . Alliteration is the exact, same, and coequal thing, but with consonants instead of vowels. #10: Onomatopoeia Use of a word whose sound imitate or
suggests its meaning. Explanation Katy Perry uses onomatopoeia in her song Firework by using the word boom. The word boom sounds like the noise a firework makes whenever it explodes. The lyrics and example of onomatopoeia read like this:

"Boom, boom, boom Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon It's always been inside of you, you, you And now it's time to let it through..."

The word "boom" is the onomatopoeia in the song. by: Tanner Cantley #11: Hyperbole Figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion to create a comic or dramatic effect. Explanation In Ne-Yo's So Sick he says:

"And I'm so sick of love songs So tired of tears So done with wishing You were still here Said I'm so sick of love songs So sad and slow
So why can't I turn off the radio?..."

Not only here, but there is a multitude of other hyperboles throughout the song. Ne-Yo uses extreme exaggeration all through the entirety of his song in order to prove a point on how tired he is of being sad, distraught, and probably even mad. #12: Personification Kind of metaphor in which a nonhuman
thing or quality is talked about as if it was
human. Explanation Owl City's Fireflies is an excellent example of personification, near the beginning of the song the lyrics say:

"I'd like to make myself believe That planet Earth turns slowly It's hard to say that I'd rather stay Awake when I'm asleep 'Cause everything is never as it seems 'Cause I'd get a thousand hugs From ten thousand lightning bugs As they tried to teach me how to dance..."

The song actually suggests that the fireflies could actually help whoever they are speaking of in the song. Owl City says that the 10,000 lightning bugs could actually teach him, her, or a group of people to dance. That is giving an nonhuman thing human-like qualities. Now that's what makes it an example of personification. #13: Simile Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, using a word such as like, as, resembles, or than. Explanation In Maroon 5's Moves Like Jagger there is a comparison made using the word like, rather than using the words as, resembles, or than:

"And I'll show you All the moves like Jagger I've got the moves like Jagger I've got the moves like Jagger I don't need to try to control you Look into my eyes and I'll own you With them moves like Jagger I've got the moves like Jagger I've got the moves like Jagger..."

A comparison is being made by the song's singer/ composer to Mick Jagger. The singer is saying he has dance moves, attitudes, actions, and etcetera similar to Mick Jagger. #14: Metaphor Figure of speech that makes a comparison between two unlike things, in which one thing becomes another without the use of the words like, as, than, or resembles. Explanation Gym Class Heroes' (singers in this song include: Adam Levine and Travie McCoy) Stereo Hearts contains a very good example of a metaphor:

"My heart's a stereo It beats for you, so listen close Hear my thoughts in every note o-oh Make me your radio Turn me up when you feel low This melody was meant for you Just sing along to my stereo..."

When Adam Levine sings that his heart is a stereo, he is making a comparison between the two very unlike things, his heart and a stereo. The purpose of this is to show how the song is showing that someone likes someone else. His heart is figuratively becoming a stereo without using the words like, as, resembles, or than. #15: Repitition

The action of repeating something. Explanation In Beyonce's Run The World (Girls), a certain line is repeated over, and over, and over. It is repeated several times. The lines are:

Who run the world? Girls (girls) Who run the world? Girls (girls) Who run the world? Girls (girls) Who run the world? Girls (girls)..."

This line is repeated over and over throughout the song. It is being repeated over and over, therefore it is the literary device of repetition. #16: Allusion Explanation In Jay-Z's Change Clothes, he alludes, or makes reference, to the movie STAR WARS and the jedi knights within the movie. This is what he says:

"Yeah ma, your dude is back, made back roof is back Tell the whole world the truth is back You ain't got to argue about who could rap Cause the proof is back just go through my rap New York New York yeah where my troopers at Where my hustlers where my boosters at I don't care what you do for stacks I know the world glued you back to the wall You gotta brawl to that I been through that, been shot at shoot back Gotta keep it peace like a buddhist I ain't a New Jack nobody 'gon Wesley Snipe me It's less than likely, move back Let I breathe Jedi knight The more space I get the better I write (Oh) Never I write, but, if, ever I write I need the space to say whatever I like, now just..." #17: Symbolism The use of symbols to represent ideas or qualities Explanation In Halo by Beyonce, the literary device of symbolism is being used. Beyonce refers to her boyfriend, husband, or friend as her "saving grace" and mentions his halo. She makes the halo almost as an angelic symbol:

"Everywhere I'm looking now I'm surrounded by your embrace Baby I can see your halo You know you're my saving grace..."

WE all know that this isn't the truth, she is just saying that he is her saving grace to symbolize the tremendous help that he would be to her. His imaginary halo also could stand for a symbol of his goodness, help, and assurance. The one and only true savior is Jesus Christ, and WE all know this, because WE all have a NATURAL knowledge of GOD. So that's how we know this is an example of the literary device of symbolism. Have an awesome day and God bless you. #18: Irony The use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of its literal meaning. Explanation There is an extraordinary and rather confusing example of irony in Kanye West's Flashing Lights:

"Flashing lights Flashing lights Flashing lights Flashing lights She don't believe in shootin' stars But she believe in shoes and cars Wood floors in the new apartment Couture from the store's departments..."

Kanye West is using irony as he judgementally assumes that this "she" is all about the material things of life when she really is not. The girl, to Kanye's surprise, is not all about the money, fame, shoes, clothes, cars, and all of that. He discovers that she is actually a normal human being. Just like anyone else. She cares about more than just temporary objects that eventually come to pass. Everything must eventually come to an end. This is proved very true in the Bible.

#19: Extended Metaphor A comparison between two unlike things that
continues throughout a series of sentences in a
paragraph or lines in a poem Explanation Rihanna's Take A Bow is a good example of an extended metaphor. Throughout the whole song Rihanna is relating her friend's, boufriend's, or even husband's failing relationship performance with her to an actual performance. A performance where one would actually take a bow, she is being sarcastic when she said he has put on quite a show, really had her going, and so on. Throughout the entirety of the song the words like, as, resembles, or than aren't used at all. #20: Analogies A comparison made between
two things to show how they alike. Explanation The Killers use an analogy in Somebody Told Me. In the lyrics, there is a comparison that is made between two things to show how they are alike.

"Well somebody told me You had a boyfriend Who looked like a girlfriend That I had in February of last year..."

Analogies are "blank is to blank as blank is to blank." In these lyrics of this part of the song, the singer is saying that somebody told him (the singer) that the girl (referred to as you in the lyrics) had a boyfriend who looked like a girlfriend that the singer was dating in February of last year. A comparison is being made between the woman's boyfriend and the man's girlfriend. The comparison is as if they actually look alike. THAT'S ALL!!!! #21:Idiom A group of words established by usage
as having a meaning not deducible from those
of the individual words. Explanation In Adele's Someone Like You there is the use of an idiom in its lyrics:

"I hate to turn up out of the blue, uninvited But I couldn't stay away, I couldn't fight it I had hoped you'd see my face and that you'd be reminded That for me, it isn't over..."

The overall meaning of the group of blue words is not really deducible from just the individual words. Some deeper, further, and greater insight/ examination is required. This is how this word is an idiom. It's an expression!!! Adele is saying that she hates to reveal herself, talk, or somehow expose herself to someone so unexpectedly, unplanned, and so suddenly. For Your Information: Sir Michael Philip "Mick" Jagger
is an English musician, singer,
songwriter and actor, best known as
the lead vocalist and a founder member of the
Rolling Stones. Jagger's career has spanned over 50 years. Apparently he could dance well... An expression designed to call something to mind without mentioning it explicitly; an indirect or passing reference. The practice of making such references, esp. (esp stands for extrasensory perception) as an artistic device. " (Once again, ave an awesome day and God bless you!!!) GOdlovesyou
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