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Literary Terms in Poetry

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evan taylor

on 29 January 2013

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Literary Terms
in Poetry Ballad "Let It Be"
by The Beatles Simile "Knockin' On Heaven's Door"
by Guns n' Roses Mama take this badge from me
I can't use it anymore
It's getting dark too dark to see
Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door
Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door
Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door
Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door

Mama put my guns in the ground
I can't shoot them anymore
That cold black cloud is comin' down
Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door

Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door
Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door
Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door
Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door The ballad is basically about love. Paul McCartney is proclaiming his love for everything in this song. He's achieved a sense of peace about everything, especially when he gets "words of wisdom". In the second verse, he says that "When all the brokenhearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer." This means that when people find peace with each other, there will be a sense of understanding for all of us. In the last verse, he says that "There is still a light that shines on me. Shine on 'till tomorrow," which can be interpreted as him saying that if it is his last day on earth, he should at least be alive long enough to see a light shine through the cloudiness. This song can be considered a ballad because it is about love. The artists are confessing a faith and love in music and people. The song has a refrain (let it be, let it be...) that they keep returning to. The phrase "feels like i'm knockin' on heaven's door." is used to explain that he's given up. This can be supported by the words "I can't do it anymore, it's gettin' too dark to see." Metaphor "Forever Young"
by Bob Dylan May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
Forever young, forever young
May you stay forever young. The Lines "May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung" is a comparison between climbing a ladder and being successful at life. The lines "may you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung" is a comparison between climbing a ladder and succeeding at life. This helps complete the wishes he is giving by using metaphor to sound more sincere. Personification "The Wind Cries Mary"
by Jimi Hendrix After all the jacks are in their boxes,
and the clowns have all gone to bed,
you can hear happiness staggering on down the street,
footprints dress in red.

And the wind whispers Mary.

A broom is drearily sweeping
up the broken pieces of yesterday's life.
Somewhere a Queen is weeping,
somewhere a King has no wife.

And the wind it cries Mary.

The traffic lights they turn blue tomorrow
And shine their emptiness down on my bed,
The tiny island sags downstream
'Cos the life that they lived is dead.

And the wind screams Mary.

Will the wind ever remember
The names it has blown in the past,
And with this crutch, its old age and its wisdom
It whispers, "No, this will be the last."

And The Wind Cries Mary. In the song the object being given human qualities is the wind. The song is a bit like a ballad because it is about loss. The artist lost his love, and his pain is so great that even the wind cries the name of his love, Mary. Hyperbole "Hey Jude"
by The Beatles Hey Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

Hey Jude, don't be afraid
You were made to go out and get her
The minute you let her under your skin
Then you begin to make it better

And anytime you feel the pain, hey Jude, refrain
Don't carry the world upon your shoulders
For well you know that it's a fool who plays it cool
By making his world a little colder
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah

Hey Jude, don't let me down
You have found her, now go and get her
Remember to let her into your heart
Then you can start to make it better

So let it out and let it in, hey Jude, begin
You're waiting for someone to perform with
And don't you know that it's just you, hey Jude, you'll do
The movement you need is on your shoulder
Nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah nah yeah

Hey Jude, don't make it bad
Take a sad song and make it better
Remember to let her under your skin
Then you'll begin to make it
Better better better better better better, oh The line "don't carry the world on your shoulders" is a good example of hyperbole. In the song, he's exaggerating his troubles as being as difficult as carrying the world upon your shoulders. This affects the meaning by saying "even though it looks hard, you have to keep on trying.
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