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Figurative Language in Songs

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Erin Olson

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Figurative Language in Songs

Figurative Language in Songs
Erin Olson and Emily Vaughn
Metaphor
-Compares 2 unlike things without using like or as
-Song Lyric Example-
"I am titanium"
-Song Title-
"Titanium" by David Guetta
This metaphor compares the singer to the metal titanium and its strength.
Simile
-Compares 2 unlike things with like or as
-Song Title-
"Speak Now" by Taylor Swift
-Song Lyric Example-
"Wearing a gown shaped like a pastry"

This simile compares the shape of the bride's gown to the shape of a pastry using the word like.
Personification
-Speaking of something that is not human as if it had human abilities and reactions
-Song Title-
"Put Your Records On" by Corinne Bailey Rae
-Song Lyric Example-
"Three little birds sat on my window, and they told me I don't need to worry."
This phrase gives birds the human ability of talking.
Onomatopoeia
-A word that sounds like the thing it is referring to
-Song Title-
"Super Bass" by Nicki Minaj
-Song Lyric Example-
"Can't you hear that boom, badoom, boom
Boom, badoom, boom bass?"
This phrase uses the word boom to represent the sound of the bass.
Hyperbole
-An exaggeration used to emphasize a point
-Song Title-
"A Thousand Miles" by Vanessa Carlton
Imagery
Alliteration
Idiomatic Expression
Cliché
Irony
-Song Lyric Example-
"'Cause you know I'd walk a thousand miles if I could just see you"
-Appeals to at least 1 of the five senses
-Song Title-
"Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars
This phrase exaggerates the distance she would walk to see her "true love."
-Song Lyric Example-

"Oh her eyes, her eyes, make the stars look like they're not shinin'
Her hair, her hair, falls perfectly without her tryin'"
This phrase paints a picture of what his dream girl looks like.
-The repetition of a single letter or combination of letters in the alphabet
-Song Title-
"Smile" by Uncle Kracker
-Song Lyric Example-
"I'm lucky just to linger in your life"
This phrase uses the letter L often to put emphasis on what he is trying to say.
-An expression that cannot be taken literally
-Song Title-
"It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls
-Song Lyric Example-
"It's raining men"
This phrase is an idiom because men falling from the sky is not possible.
-Expression that has been used so often that it has become boring
-Song Title-
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" by Kelly Clarkson
-Song Lyric Example-
"What doesn't kill you makes you stronger"
This phrase has been used so often it has become boring.
-Situational Irony-What happens is different than what is expected.
-Song Title-
"Over You" by Daughtry
-Song Lyric Example-
"'Cause the day I thought I'd never get through, I got over you"
This phrase is ironic because it states that the day he thought he would never live through without his girlfriend, he got over her.
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