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Wonderwall by Oasis: Poetic Devices

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Transcript of Wonderwall by Oasis: Poetic Devices

Wonderwall by Oasis Today is gonna be the day
That they're gonna throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you gotta do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do about you now

Backbeat the word was on the street
That the fire in your heart is out
I'm sure you've heard it all before
But you never really had a doubt
I don't believe that anybody feels
The way I do about you now

And all the roads we have to walk along are winding
And all the lights that lead us there are blinding
There are many things that I would
Like to say to you
I don't know how

Because maybe
You're gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after all
You're my wonderwall

Today was gonna be the day?
But they'll never throw it back to you
By now you should've somehow
Realized what you're not to do
I don't believe that anybody
Feels the way I do
About you now

And all the roads that lead to you were winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding
There are many things that I would like to say to you
I don't know how

I said maybe
You're gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after all
You're my wonderwall

I said maybe
You're gonna be the one who saves me ?
And after an
You're my wonderwall

Said maybe
You're gonna be the one that saves me
You're gonna be the one that saves me
You're gonna be the one that saves me Alliteration In the fourteenth line of Wonderwall it says, "And all the lights that lead us there are blinding " The alliteration here is lights that lead. Alliteration is the repetition of inital sounds of words that appear together. We hear the "L" sound two times.
There are other examples of alliteration like: "And all the roads we had to walk are winding." (Line 13) "Back beat the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out" (Line 7) Symbolism In the 8th line it says, "That the fire in your heart is out." This is symbolism. Symbolism is something that stands for or represents some other thing.There are other examples of symbolism in Wonderwall. They are in the 13th line, "And all the roads we had to walk are winding" Another would be in the 14th line,"And all the lights that lead us there are blinding." And the last one is found in the 21st line, "You're my wonderwall." The use of symbolism helps make the song deeper than if you just come out and say what you want to say.

Oasis uses symbolism to give the song deeper meaning. They also used it to show the tone of the song and create mood in the listener.
I like the way they use symbolism, i listened to the song many times to see if i could figure out what Oasis was saying. This is what i got out of it....

The symbol here is fire- the fire is a symbol for passion.
Roads are passageways in our lives and not actual roads.
These lights arent actual lights, but people that help along the way.
A wonderwall could be the person who will always be there. The use of alliteration, a musical device, helps us pay more attention. I think thats why we can memorize songs but not Shakespeare.

Oasis uses alliteration as a way to rhyme the lines together. The 7th line that says, "Back beat the word is on the street that the fire in your heart is out" Beat and street rhyme, this helps us as listeners memorize the song. Speaker The speaker is identified throughout the entire song. Speaker is the voice of the poem, which is Oasis. We know this because in the fifteenth line it says, "There are many things that i would like to say to you, i dont know how" The use of "I" points out to us who is telling the story. Having a speaker established gives meaning to a song. It helps us understand the tone and mood.
Oasis used themselves as the speaker. (the lead singer)
It made me feel as if i knew Liam Gallagher! That i could call him up and say, "Hey, man. Don't let whoever or whatever this song is about get you down!" I think Oasis did a great job of establishing the speaker. Assertion In the 9th line it says, "I'm sure you've heard it all before but you never really had a doubt. I don't believe that anybody feels the way i do about you now." Assertion is a positive statement made with great confidence but with little or no proof to support it. The use of assertion helps establish confidence within the speaker. I think that this line has confidence in it. The speaker is confident about the way he feels. It could be negative or positive. I think he loves who ever this song is about. But i believe that if Oasis wanted to be more assertive they could have easily. Metaphor There are many metaphors in this song. A metaphor is a comparison between two things without using like or as.
The main one is found in the title.
Wonderwall! What a wonderwall is, nobody but Oasis knows.
However we can get from the song that a wonderwall is a person who will be there for the speaker.
Two other examples of metaphors are: "And all the roads that lead to you were winding" (Line 29),
"And all the lights that lead the way are blinding"(Line 30) The use of metaphors help give deeper meaning to a song.
They also help you understand more about what the author (singer) is talking about.

Oasis uses metaphors to compare inanimate objects to people and other things in life. They compare lights to people who guide us to our destinations. They also compared roads to the pathways of life. I like the way Oasis uses metaphors, they make for some great quotes! Rhyme In the 18th line it says, "Because maybe you're gonna be the one that saves me. And after all you're my wonderwall" This is rhyme. Rhyme is when the last word of a line sounds the same as the last word of the next line. There are many examples of rhyme in Wonderwall. Some like: "And all the roads that lead you there were winding
And all the lights that light the way are blinding" (Line 13-14)
Today was gonna be the day? But they'll never throw it back to you. By now you should've somehow realized what you're not to do" (Line 22) The use of rhyme helps us memorize a poem or a song. I think that Oasis has covered this because many people know this song and can sing it on the spot.
Oasis used rhyme to keep the song in beat (meter) However, they did not do this in the entire song. I think that if they did it would've sounded like poetry. Repetition In the last few lines of the song Wonderwall by Oasis, they sing, "You're gonna be the one that saves me. You're gonna be the one that saves me. You're gonna be the one that saves me." This is repetition. Repetition is the repeating of a line more than one time. This is the main example of repetition in this song. The use of repetition is to get your point across.
A mother will usually repeat things to their child until they do as they're told. That's why to me when a poet or songwriter uses repetition, they are trying to get you to understand what they are saying.
I think this is what Oasis uses repetition for... As a way to get us as listeners to understand that perhaps this person that he's singing about may save him. I think they did a good job of repetiton, and it isn't the annoying type.
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