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Poetic Devices in Song Lyrics

Examples of hyperbole, simile, metaphor, alliteration, rhythm, rhyme, personification, and assonance in Taylor Swift songs.
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Sadie L and Megan W

on 17 November 2014

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Transcript of Poetic Devices in Song Lyrics

Simile
Metaphor
Comparing two or more objects not using like or as
Personification
One song with personification in it is Taylor Swift's Enchanted-
"Your eyes whispered 'have we met?"
Rhythm
In Taylor's song "Blank Space" the lyrics to the first verse have a very solid rhythm to them-
"Nice to meet you
Where you been?
I could show you incredible things
Magic, madness, heaven, sin...
Love's a game, wanna play
New money, suit and tie
...
Ain't it funny rumors fly
And I know you heard about me
So hey, let's be friends
I'm dying to see how this one ends
Grab your passport and my hand
I could make the bad guys good for a weekend"
Rhyme
The song "I Know Places" 's
first verse going into the chorus is full of rhyming-
They got the cages, they got the
boxes
. And
guns.
They are the hunters, we are the
foxes
,and we
run!
Baby, I know places we won't be
found
...
And they'll be chasing their tails trying to track us
down
Alliteration
When a phrase contains two or more words starting with the same letter/sound
Poetic Devices in Taylor Swift Lyrics
One of Taylor Swift's songs with lots of similes in it is Red. This whole song is full of similes, and here are a few:
"Loving him is like trying to change your mind...", "forgetting him was like trying to know somebody you've never met", and "Memorizing him was as easy as knowing all the words to your old favourite tune"...
In "Today Was a Fairytale"-
"Today was a fairytale you were the prince, I used to be a damsel in distress. You took me by the hand and you picked me up at six, today was a fairytale"
Giving non-humans human traits
This is a metaphor because it is comparing today to a fairytale without using like or as.
This is a personification because it is saying
eyes whispered, which is giving a non human a human trait.
The comparison of two things or more using the words "like" or 'as"
These are all examples of similes because they are all comparing two things using "like" or "as".
One example of alliteration in a Taylor swift song is "Our Song", when she said
"Our
s
ong is the
s
lammin'
s
creen doors,
s
neakin' out late tapping on your window..."
This is alliteration because in this phrase she has 4 words that start with the letter s.
A beat or pattern of syllables
This is rhythm because when you are reading it you hear a beat/rhythm in your head (or at least I do)
Words that have a common repeating sound;can be used in the beginning, middle, or ends of poetry lines.
Each line in this paragraph rhymes with another line. Box and fox, gun and run, and found and down rhyme.
Hyperbole
One example of a hyperbole in Taylor Swift lyrics is in
"Long Live", when Taylor says "Long live all the mountains we moved..."
use of an exaggeration for effect
This is a hyperbole because mountains cannot be physically moved, it is just a representation for all that they did together.
Assonance
Repetition of vowel songs
In "Red" Taylor Swift says "M
i
ss
i
ng h
i
m w
a
s d
a
rk gr
a
y all
a
lone"
This is assonance because i is repeated twice, and a was repeated several times throughout.
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