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Figurative Language in pop music

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Adrienne Lovejoy

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Literary Devices-pop music
Poetic Devices
Comparison of two different things, using the words "like" or "as"
Simile
Repeated sound at the beginning of several words
Alliteration
In your group, find as many of the devices we learned about today in the following song.
Pink "Just Like Fire"
I know that I'm running out of time
(I want it all, mmm, mmm)
And I'm wishing they'd stop tryna turn me off
I want it all, mmm, mmm
And I'm walking on a wire, trying to go higher
Feels like I'm surrounded by clowns and liars
Even when I get it all the way
(I want it all, mmm, mmm)
We can get 'em running, running, running
Just like fire, burning out the way
If I can light the world up for just one day
Watch this madness, colorful charade
No one can be just like me any way
Just like magic, I'll be flying free


Metaphor
Comparison without using like or as. Something is portrayed as something else.
Daya "Still Look Pretty"
Could dress up, to get love
But guess what?
I'm never gonna be that girl
Who's living in a Barbie world
Could wake up, in make up, and play dumb
Pretending that I need a boy
Who's gonna treat me like a toy
I know the other girlies wanna wear expensive things, and diamond rings
But I don't wanna be the puppet that you're playing on a string
This queen don't need a king
Oh I don't know what you've been told
But this gal right here's gonna rule the world
Yeah that is where I'm gonna be, because I wanna be
No I don't wanna sit still, look pretty
You get off on your 9 to 5
Dream of picket fences and trophy wives
But no I'm never gonna be, cause I don't wanna be
No I don't wanna sit still look pretty
Mr. Right could be nice, for one night
But then…






























Consonance
The repetition of the same consonant two or more times in short succession, as in "all mammals named Sam are clammy".
Troye Sivan "Youth"
What if, what if we run away
What if, what if we left today
What if, we say goodbye to safe and sound
What if, what if we're hard to find
What if, what if we lost our minds
What if, we looked and fall behind and then never found
And when the lights start flashing like a photobooth
And the stars exploding
We'll be fireproof
My youth, my youth is yours
Trippin' on skies, sippin' waterfalls
My youth, my youth is yours
Runaway now and forevermore
My youth, my youth is yours
A truth so loud you can't ignore
My youth, my youth, my youth
My youth is yours


Assonance
The repetition of vowel sounds to create internal rhyming within phrases or sentences. e.g. "It beats . . . as it sweeps . . . as it cleans!"
(advertising slogan for Hoover vacuum cleaners, 1950s)
Twenty One Pilots "Heathens"
All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don't make any sudden moves
You don't know the half of the abuse
All my friends are heathens, take it slow
Wait for them to ask you who you know
Please don't make any sudden moves
You don't know the half of the abuse
Welcome to the room of people
Who have rooms of people that they loved one day
Docked away
Just because we check the guns at the door
Doesn't mean our brains will change from hand grenades
You're lovin' on the psychopath sitting next to you
You're lovin' on the murderer sitting next to you
You'll think, how'd I get here, sitting next to you?
But after all I've said, please don't forget
Allusion
A reference to a well-known person, place, event, literary work, or work of art.

"It's raining so hard, I expect to see Noah floating by on his ark!"
Ruth B. "Lost Boy"
There was a time when I was alone
Nowhere to go and no place to call home
My only friend was the man in the moon
And even sometimes he would go away, too
Then one night, as I closed my eyes,
I saw a shadow flying high
He came to me with the sweetest smile
Told me he wanted to talk for awhile
He said, "Peter Pan. That's what they call me.
I promise that you'll never be lonely."
And ever since that day...
I am a lost boy from Neverland
Usually hanging out with Peter Pan
And when we're bored we play in the woods
Always on the run from Captain Hook
"Run, run, lost boy, " they say to me,
"Away from all of reality."
Neverland is home to lost boys like me
And lost boys like me are free
He sprinkled me in pixie dust and told me to believe
Believe in…
Repetition
Repeating a word or phrase.
Twenty One Pilots "Ride"
I just wanna stay in the sun where I find
I know it's hard sometimes
Pieces of peace in the sun's peace of mind
I know it's hard sometimes
Yeah, I think about the end just way too much
But it's fun to fantasize
On my enemies who wouldn't wish who I was
But it's fun to fantasize
Oh, oh, I'm falling, so I'm taking my time on my ride
Oh, I'm falling, so I'm taking my time on my ride
Taking my time on my ride
"I'd die for you, " that's easy to say
We have a list of people that we would take
A bullet for them, a bullet for you
A bullet for everybody in this room
But I don't seem to see many bullets coming through
See many bullets coming through
Metaphorically, I'm the man
But literally, I don't know what I'd do
"I'd live for you, " and that's hard to do

Personification
Giving human qualities to an object, animal, or idea.
Sara Bareilles, "Brave"

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
And they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you
Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave
Imagry
words and phrases to create “mental images” for the reader.



Jonas Blue "Fast Car"

You got a fast car
I want a ticket to anywhere
Maybe we make a deal
Maybe together we can get somewhere
Any place is better
Starting from zero got nothing to lose
Maybe we'll make something
Me myself I got nothing to prove
You got a fast car
I got a plan to get us out of here
I been working at the convenience store
Managed to save just a little bit of money
Won't have to drive too far
Just 'cross the border and into the city
You and I can both get jobs
And finally see what it means to be living

Anaphora
The repetition of a word/phrase at the beginning of successive clauses, sentences, or paragraphs
Lukas Graham "7 Years"
Once I was seven years old my momma told me
Go make yourself some friends or you'll be lonely
Once I was seven years old
It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure
Once I was eleven years old my daddy told me
Go get yourself a wife or you'll be lonely
Once I was eleven years old
I always had that dream like my daddy before me
So I started writing songs, I started writing stories
Something about that glory just always seemed to bore me
'Cause only those I really love will ever really know me
Once I was twenty years old, my story got told
Before the morning sun, when life was lonely
Symbolism
Figurative Language
Non-literal language/description: metaphor, simile, personification, hyperbole
Used for comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness. Enhances writing. Quickly gets an image or a point across.

Connects readers with the object that is personified. Makes descriptions of more vivid, or can help readers understand, sympathize with, or react emotionally to non-human characters.
functions as a way for the reader to better imagine the world of the piece of literature and also add symbolism to the work. Can affect audience's emotions.
Creates a driving rhythm, heightens emotion, adds emphasis and makes the passage easier to remember.
Gives information about one object that is unknown by the reader by comparing it to something with which the reader is familiar. Creates an emotional effect.
Gives information about one object that is unknown by the reader by comparing it to something with which the reader is familiar. Creates an emotional effect.
used to emphasize or imitate a sound, provide “clues” for literary symbolism, trigger an association between two ideas
Word, figure of speech, character, event, or object that represents an idea or emotion
used to emphasize or imitate a sound, provide “clues” for literary symbolism, trigger an association between two ideas
used to emphasize or imitate a sound, provide “clues” for literary symbolism, trigger an association between two ideas
Adds or represents meaning beyond what is literal. Can create an emotional response in the audience.
Used to tap into the emotions associated with something well known by the audience.
Paradox
a seemingly absurd or self-contradictory statement or proposition that when investigated or explained may prove to be well founded or true
Used to illustrate the complexity of the subject
for emphasis
Calvin Harris "This is What You Came for"

We go fast with the game we play
Who knows why it's gotta be this way
We say nothing more than we need
I say, "Your place, " when we leave
Katy Perry "Rise"

I won't just survive
Oh, you will see me thrive
Can't write my story
I'm beyond the archetype
I won't just conform
No matter how you shake my core
'Cause my roots—they run deep, oh
Oh, ye of so little faith
Don't doubt it, don't doubt it
Victory is in my veins
I know it, I know it
And I will not negotiate
I'll fight it, I'll fight it
I will transform
When, when the fire's at my feet again
And the vultures all start circling
They're whispering, "You're out of time, "
But still I rise
This is no mistake, no accident
When you think the final nail is in
Think again
Don't be surprised
I will still rise
I must stay conscious
Through the madness and chaos
So I call on my angels
They say
Gnash "I Love You I Hate You"

But I still can't seem to tell you why
It hurts me every time I see you
Realize how much I need you
I hate you I love you
I hate that I love you
Don't want to, but I can't put
Nobody else above you
I hate you I love you
I hate that I want you
Alessia Cara "Wild Things"

Find table spaces, say your social graces
Bow your head, they're pious here
But you and I, we're pioneers, we make our own rules
Our own room, no bias here
Let 'em sell what they are sellin', there are no buyers here
So gather all the rebels now, we'll rebel-rouse and sing aloud
We don't care what they say no way, no way
And we will leave the empty chairs to those who say we can't sit there
We're fine all by ourselves
So hey, we brought our drum and this is how we dance
No mistakin', we make our breaks, if you don't like our 808s
Then leave us alone, 'cause we don't need your policies
We have no apologies for being
Find me where the wild things are (oh my, we'll be alright, don't mind us)
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