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Figurative Language in Songs

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Rachel Ellison

on 12 February 2014

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Figurative Language in Songs
Cliche
A cliche is a from of figurative language when a phrase or expression is over used.
Simile
A metaphor is a comparison of un-like things that says something is another thing.
Personification
Personification is a form of figurative language that gives human characteristics to non-human things.
Alliteration
Alliteration is a form of figurative language when two or more words begin with the same initial sound
Idiom
An Idiom is a word or phrase that means something different from what is actually being said
Onomatopoeia
An onomatopoeia is a word that represents sound.

Example- Super Bass by Nicki Minaj

"We got that boom ba doom boom ba do eh, got that super bass"

The example above shows multiple onomatopoeias such as boom, which all represent sound.

Example- Firework by Katy Perry

"Boom Boom Boom, even brighter than the moon moon moon

The example above also has an onomatopoeia, Boom.
That is a word that represents sound.
Hyperbole
Hyperbole is a form of figurative language that are exaggerations used to show a point.


Example- Club Can't Handle Me by Flo Rida
"The club can't handle me right now!"

This example is personification, because he is referring to the club as if it possessed feelings. He is explaining that he is having a good time.

Example- Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day
"When the city sleeps"

This is another example of personification, because a city does not literally sleep. The song writer is explaining that the city is quiet because it is deserted.



Example- Viva la Vida by Coldplay
"It was the wicked, and wild wind"

The example above is alliteration, because wicked, wild, and wind all start with "w" and have the same initial sound

Example- So Sad by NE-YO
"said I'm so sick of love songs so sad and slow"

The example above is an example of alliteration, because the words said, so, sick, songs, sad, and slow all start with "s" and have the same initial sound.
Example- Grenade by Bruno Mars

"I'd catch a grenade for you, throw my head on a blade for you"

The example above is a hyperbole, because he is exaggerating by saying that he loves her so much that he would die for her.

Example-I'm Yours by Jason Mraz

"I tried to beat you, but your so hot that I melted"

The example above is a hyperbole, because he's saying that she was so beautiful that he couldn't argue with her. He wasn't literally melting.
Example- Rolling in the Deep by Adele

"The scars of our love remind me of us"

The example above is a cliche, because "the scars of our love remind me of us" is a classic phrase used after a horrible break-up. It means all the little things remind her of her old relationship.

Example-Cloud 9 by Katy Perry

"Falling from cloud 9/ Crashing from the high"

This is another cliche that is said after a bad break-up. People say they go to Cloud 9 when they fall in love meaning they feel wonderful, so when she said she was falling from cloud 9 she means she depressed about how her relationship ended.

Example- Walking on Air by Katy Perry

"Tonight, I'm walking on air"

The example above is an example of an idiom, because she is not literally walking on air, she's extremely happy and excited.

Example-If I Die Young by The Band Perry

"The sharp knife of a short life"

The example above is an Idiom, because her life wasn't literally cut short by a knife, she really means that she died at a young age.
Example- Jar of Hearts by Christina Perry

"running around leaving scars,carrying your jar of hearts"

The example above is a metaphor, because she is using jar of hearts a a metaphor which really means that he has dated many girls, broke their hearts, and then left them with a horrible break up.
Example- Stereo Hearts by Adam Levine

"My hearts a stereo"

The example above is a metaphor, because he is saying his heart is something that it literally isn't. His heart isn't literally a stereo.

Example- Shine Bright Like a Diamond by Rihanna
"shine bright like a diamond"

The example above is a simile, because she is comparing the listener to a diamond. She is talking about being yourself and being original.
Example- Roar by Katy Perry

"floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee I earned my stripes"

The example above is a simile, because she is comparing herself to a butterfly and a bee. She really means that she has become courageous, brave, and successful.
A simile is a comparison of un-like things using the words like or as.
Metaphor
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