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Figurative Language in Songs

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Abrial H.

on 14 November 2013

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Figurative Language in Songs

Speaking of something that isn't human as if it had human abilities and reactions.
An exaggeration used to emphasize a point.
A form of comparison in which one thing is compared to another unlike thing using specific words of comparison: like, as, or resembles.
A comparison between two unlike objects without using like or as.
By: Tess Cummings and Abrial Harkins
"Clarity" by Zedd
"If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy?"
"Diamonds" by Rihanna
"Shine bright like a diamond."
"We Are Young" by Fun
"My seat's been taken by some sunglasses asking 'bout a scar, and..."
Words, phrases, or expressions that can't be taken literally.
"I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Marvin Gaye
"I heard it through the grapevine."
A word that sounds like the thing it is referring to.
"Rockin' Robin" by Bobby Day
"Rockin' robin, tweet tweet tweet
Rockin' robin, tweet tweetly tweet"
An expression that has been used so often that it has become boring.
"Winner Takes It All " by Abba
"Winner takes it all."
Uses sight, sound, taste, smell, or touch to create a scene.
"Gravity" by Sara Bareilles
The repetition of a single letter in the alphabet or a combination of letters.
"Just Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble
"Drown in your love."
"And you'll make me work, so we can work to work it out."
A figure of speech in which the literal meaning of the word is the opposite of its intended meaning.
"I 'll Pray For You" by Jason and the Long Road to Live
"I pray your brakes go out running down a hill."
"Since You've Been Gone" by Kelly Clarkson
"Since you've been gone, I can breathe for the first time."
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