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Literary Devices in Pop Culture

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Literary Devices in Pop Culture
by: Melanie Voorhis
Alliteration
The repetition of initial identical consonant sounds or any vowel sounds in successive or closely associated syllables.
"Let Her Go" -Passenger
"Only know you love her when you let her go..."
"Love the Way You Lie" -Eminem feat. Rihanna
"When it's goin' good, it's goin'
great."
"Drops of Jupiter" -Train
"Can you imagine no first dance, freeze-dried romance, five hour phone-conversation, the best soy latte you ever had, and me?"
This song uses alliteration to show the feelings of the writer when he let his girl go, and he realized he needed her right after she left.
Eminem uses alliteration in this song to show his feelings toward the main character, Rihanna. He doesn't care for her very much, and she "loves" the way he lies of his feelings toward her.
This song uses alliteration to describe what the girl won't have without the main character. "Can you imagine no..."
Allusion
A brief reference to a person, event, or place, real or fictitious, or to a work of art.
"Love Story" -Taylor Swift
"That you were Romeo, you were throwing pebbles, and my daddy said, 'stay away from Juliet'.."
"We Didn't Start The Fire" -Billy Joel
"Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez
We didn't start the fire. It was always burning Since the world's been turning We didn't start the fire. No we didn't light it But we tried to fight it"

"1985" -Bowling for Soup
"Bruce Springsteen, Madonna, way before Nirvana, there was U2, and Blondie, and music still on MTV."
Taylor Swift uses an allusion from Shakespeare's, "Romeo and Juliet" to describe that their love is just like the classic novel.
Billy Joel used allusions in this famous song to show how his life was from 1949-1989. He used headlines from the news and gathered 115 different allusions in this song. "We didn't start the fire" meaning, "it isn't my generation's fault that the world is in bad shape!"
This songs uses allusion to describe how life was like in 1989. They reference popular singers, TV shows, and other things popular in that time frame.
Hyperbole
Conscious exaggeration used without the intent of literal persuasion.
"A Thousand Years" -Christina Perri
"Darling don't be afraid, I have loved you for a thousand years..."
"Just the Way You Are" -Bruno Mars
"When you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while."
"Steal my Girl" -One Direction
"Everybody wanna steal my girl, everybody wanna take her heart away..."
Christina Perri uses the hyperbole to express that her love for her "darling" has been going on for a long time, and it won't stop. This hyperbole means, she has loved him for a very long time.
This singer uses this exaggeration to show how beautiful her smile is. The whole world literally doesn't stop what they are doing to stare at this girl's smiling. The exaggeration means, her smile is so amazing, everyone should look at it.
One direction sings this to show their jealously for other guys, for their one girl. They explain that "everyone" wants to steal their girl, when in reality, that is a hyperbole. This song means he sees all of these guys looking at his girl, and he wants them to know that she is his girlfriend.
Imagery
Use of language to convey sensory experience, most often through the creation of pictorial images through figurative language.
"Til Summer Comes Around" -Keith Urban
"To Autumn" -John Keats
"Seasons of mists and mellow fruitfulness..."
"This is Just to Say" -William Carlos Williams
"Forgive me, they were delicious, so sweet, and so cold."
"I grease the gears, fix the lights, tighten bolts, straighten the tracks. And I count the days til you just might come back.."
This song uses imagery to describe what the singer does to pass the time, waiting for his girlfriend to come back. He describes greasing gears, fixing lights, tightening bolts, all to show what he does while she's gone."
Irony
A mode of speech in which words express a meaning opposite to the intended meaning.
"Ironic" -Alanis Morissette
"An old man, turned 98, he won the lottery and died the next day."
(Commercial)
In this commercial, you see a man scraping off his windows full of ice and snow on a cold morning. As soon as he finishes wiping the windows. He presses the unlock button on his key fob. When he does, the car next to the one he was just scraping dings. He was cleaning the wrong car the whole time. It's ironic he spent all that time just to find out it wasn't his car he was scraping snow off of.
"The Irony of Choking on a Lifesaver" -All Time Low
You're the break lines failing as my car swerves off the freeway.."
This song uses irony to show how crazy life is, and all the irony we go through on a daily basis. It's lucky to live to be 98, and it's even luckier to win the lottery, but dying the next day would be extremely ironic.
This song uses irony to explain how everything bad ends up happening to him, and that he could probably even choke on a life saver. This particular quote however, is ironic that the break lines of his vehicle break, because break lines are made for emergency situations in which you'd have to immediately stop.
Metaphor
A figure of speech involving an implied comparison.
"The Fault in Our Stars" -John Green
In this scene, Hazel compares herself to a grenade. She does this to explain to Gus that she doesn't want to hurt him if she gets even more ill, and possibly die. She wants to save him from getting hurt. The author uses a metaphor to explain Hazel's feelings toward Augustus, and why she could never hurt him.
"One Thing" -One Direction
"You're my kryponite, you keep making me weak, yeah frozen and can't breathe."
"Titanium" -David Guetta feat. Sia
"You shoot me down, but I won't fall; I am Titanium..."
This song compares Kryptonite, to his girlfriend. She makes him weak, as Kryptonite makes Superman weak. The singer uses this song to explain how much he loves his girlfriend.
She compares herself to Titanium, one of the strongest elements, expressing she is REALLY STRONG! She IS Titanium. The singer uses this metaphor to show how strong she is, and chooses to use a really strong metal to compare herself to.
Onomatopoeia
The use of words that by their sound suggest their meaning.
"Firework" -Katy Perry
"Boom, boom, boom, even brighter than the moon, moon, moon."
"Bang Bang" -Jessie J Feat. Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj
"Bang Bang in the room, I know you want it!"
"What Does the Fox Say? -Ylvis
"Dog goes woof, cat goes meow, bird goes tweet and mouse goes squeek."
Onomatopoeia is used in this to show the sound of the fireworks. The fireworks "sound" like booming noises, so the singer uses that word to describe the sound of fireworks.
This song uses "Bang" to describe the sound of them entering the room. This sound is just like the word, "bang" and it is used to imitate how they sound while walking.
Ylvis uses "woof" "meow" "tweet" and "squeek" to describe the sounds animals make. Although animals don't ACTUALLY say "woof", their barking sound can actually sound like "woof" while cats sound like they are saying "meow".
Oxymoron
A self-contradictory combination of words or smaller verbal units.
"Romeo and Juliet" -William Shakespeare
“Why, then, O brawling love! O loving hate!"
Sir Thomas Wyatt’s Petrarch’s 134th sonnet,
“I find no peace, and all my war is done
I fear and hope, I burn and freeze like ice,
"The Oxymoron" -Devang Gandhi
"Am I truly a big baby?
Well, it's a definite maybe."
Personification
Attributing human characteristics to nonhuman things.
"The Heart Wants What it Wants" -Selena Gomez
"There's a million reasons why I should give you up, but the heart wants what it wants..."
"Thriller" -Michael Jackson
"You start to freeze, as horror looks you right between the eyes..."
"Winter Winds" -Mumford & Sons
"And my head told my heart, Let love grow.
But my heart told my head,This time no,This time no..."
Simile
A figure of speech involving a comparison using the words like or as.
"Feel So Close" -Calvin Harris
"Your love pours down on me, surrounds me like a waterfall.
"Hot and Cold" -Katy Perry
"You change your mind, like a girl changes clothes."
"Big Girls Don't Cry" -Fergie
"I'm gonna miss you like a child misses their blanket.."
Symbol
Something concrete that stands for or represents something abstract.
"Directive" -Robert Frost
"First there is the children's house of make believe. Some shattered dishes underneath a pine, the play things in the play house of the children."
"My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold" -William Wordsworth
"My heart leaps up, when I behold a rainbow in the sky."
Shakespeare uses an oxymoron to show his love for young Juliet. The oxymoron means it's love, but there are imperfections, and it's love, but he hates that he can't be with her because of past family brawls.
Sir Thomas Petrarch used this oxymoron to show that he feels both emotions from one thing. This oxymoron means he feels both love and hate, from no peace, as he feels like he's burning and freezing, like ice.
This oxymoron is contradicting a baby that is big. Normally babies are small. This poem also contradicts the word definite, and the word maybe. These are opposites, and this poem uses oxymorons for the sole purpose for humor.
This song's personification means that her heart "wants" him. Although she should give him up, "the heart wants what it wants". This is impossible, because hearts cannot physically "want" anything. The singer used the personification to show how much she wants the guy, she tells him her "heart" only wants him.
This singer uses this personification this show the terror he is feeling, watching zombies rise from the dead. He states that horror is "looking right between the eyes" which cannot happen, because is inanimate. This personification is describing how terrified he is.
This personification means that he WANTS to love, but he knows he shouldn't, because he will get hurt. This personification is used to show that his head wants love, but he knows his heart won't be able to take it.
This simile is used to compare her love to a waterfall. Her loves surrounds him, as a waterfall would surround a cave, or a closed area in water. The simile means that her love is really passionate and is so much in amount, he is surrounded by it.
This simile compares a guy changing his mind, to a girl changing clothes. This means he changes his mind frequently, because girls change their outfits multiple times a day, to find the perfect match. This simile is used to show that she is annoyed that he can't make up his mind.
This simile is used to compare her missing her guy to a little kid missing their blanket. This simile shows that she really cares for him, and she will really miss him when he's gone.
"Stairway to Heaven
" -Led Zeppelin
This poem is meant to show the beauty of Autumn. Imagery is used to explain how Autumn is. The seasons of light rain and beautiful flowers blooming, fall is truly beautiful season.
This writer is describing the unforgettable taste of a plum. They were so delicious to him, he asks for forgiveness of praising them so dearly. He uses imagery to describe the taste so the audience can picture the taste of the decadent fruit.
"There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for."
This entire song is a symbol of not being able to buy everything that you want. It talks of a lady who is rich (all that glitters is gold) and she believes she can buy herself into heaven, even though she has majorly sinned. This symbol is used to show, that it is obvious you cannot buy everything, especially a stairway to heaven.
In this poem, the symbol is children's faith in God. "Some shattered dishes underneath a pine" is referring to children who have lost their faith in The Lord. A symbol is used in this poem to show what children believe, and what they do not in God's playhouse.
In this poem, a rainbow in the sky symbolizes hope and good things to come. A symbol is used in the poem to compare rainbows, beautiful reminders of God, to hope and praying for good things that will come.
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