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Figurative Language in Songs
Transcript of Figurative Language in Songs
She's Everything by Brad Paisley
Roar by Katy Perry
“I let you push me past the breaking point.” This is a hyperbole because she is over exaggerating that she got frustrated.
Hyperbole is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech.
“ROAR” This is an onomatopoeia because it’s a sound that a lion or tiger makes.
An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.
“Stinging like a bee I earned my stripes.” This is a simile because she is using the word “like” to compare herself to a bee.
A simile is a figure of speech that directly compares two things through the explicit use of connecting words such as "like" or "as."
“She's a yellow pair of running shoes.” “A holey pair of jeans.” “She looks great in cheap sunglasses.” These are examples of imagery because “yellow,” “holey,” and “cheap” are all descriptive words.
A simile a type of figurative language that uses very descriptive words to describe something.
A metaphor is a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable
“She's a Saturn with a sunroof.” “She's a soft place to land.” “She's a Saturday out on the town.” These are examples of metaphors because they all are comparing her to something without using the word like or as.
Personification is the attribution of human characteristics to something nonhuman, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form.
“When that summer sun fell to its knees.” This is an example of personification because it is giving the sun human characteristics.
Cruise by Florida Georgia Line
The Heart Wants What it Wants by Selena Gomez
Tone is a literary element that encompasses the attitudes toward the subject and toward the audience implied by the writer in a literary work.
Mood is a literary element that evokes certain feelings or vibes in readers and listeners through words and descriptions.
In this song Selena has a very sad and heartbroken tone. She is singing about heartbreak and a lost love.
As a listener, I think the song has a upbeat and happy mood because the music has a very positive and happy beat to it.