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Figurative Language in Music

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Elisa Whitty

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Transcript of Figurative Language in Music

Do you recognize this song?
What do you think of when you hear this song?
Is there anything you noticed when listening to the song lyrics?
Songs are like poems set to music and they include figurative language...

What did you notice in "Firework"?
Types of Figurative Language, cont.
Rhyme- words with the same ending sounds
ex.) Humpty Dumpty sat on a
Humpty Dumpty had a great

Onomatopoeia- words that sound like the object or sound they are referring to
ex.) A pesky mosquito
in my ear.

Personification- a figure of speech where objects are given human qualities
ex.) Time waits for no one.

Hyperbole- an exaggeration used for emphasis
ex.) It is so hot, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk!

Types of Figurative Language
Simile- a figure of speech where things are compared using "like" or "as"
ex.) Last winter was
cold as the North Pole

Metaphor- a figure of speech where things are compared by stating that one thing is another
ex.) The clouds are cotton balls in the sky.

Alliteration- repetition of words with the same beginning sound
eashells by the

Repetition- language that is repeated, over and over again, to emphasize an idea
ex.) "A horse is a horse, of course, of course
And no one can talk to a horse, of course
That is, of course, unless the horse is the famous Mister Ed"
"Firework" by Katy Perry
Figurative Language in Music
Lets check out the lyrics to "Firework" and identify some figurative language
Examples of Figurative Language in Katy Perry's "Firework"
Do you ever feel
a plastic bag, drifting through the wind?
Do you ever feel so paper thin,
a house of cards one blow from caving in?

You're a firework, come on let your colors burst

Onomatopoeia & Repetition:
Boom, boom, boom
, even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
Boom, boom, boom
, even brighter than the moon, moon, moon

"Gone" by Montgomery Gentry
Bruno Mars, "Grenade"
Cause what you don't understand is
I'd catch a grenade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
Throw my hand on a blade for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I'd jump in front of a train for ya (yeah, yeah , yeah)
You know I'd do anything for ya (yeah, yeah, yeah)
I would go through all this
Take a bullet straight through my
Yes, I would die for ya baby;
But you won't do the same

Bruno Mars is greatly exaggerating in this song, emphasizing that he would do anything for someone. What type of figurative language is he using?
"All I Do is Win" by DJ Khaled
What about this song?
"All I do is
win, win win
, no matter what..."

"...everytime I step into the building,
everybody's hands go up...and they stay there, and they stay there, and they stay there

"This ain't no
earful goodbye
This ain't no
breakin' up
wakin' up
makin' up
one more time
This is
gone (gone) gone (gone) gone (gone) gone
a freight-train, gone
a soldier in the civil war,
bang bang
a '59 Cadillac
Like all the good things that ain't never coming back
Gone (gone) gone (gone) gone (gone) gone
What type of figurative language is used in this song?
Augustana- "Boston"
"When the flowers gaze at you
They're not the only ones
Who cry when they see you..."
Do flowers really gaze at others? Do they cry?
What type of figurative language is used here?
What about, "What Does the Fox Say?"
"Dog goes
Cat goes
Bird goes

and mouse goes
Cow goes
Frog goes
and the elephant goes
Ducks say
and fish go
and the seal goes
'ow, ow, ow'
What about Super Bass by Nicki Minaj?
"You got my
heartbeat running away
Beating like a drum
and it's coming your way
Can't you hear that
boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass...
That's that super bass,
boom, badoom, boom, boom, badoom, boom, bass..."

These are just a few examples of songs that use figurative language. Now lets shift to poetry and see what types of figurative language you can find:
Pick one of the two following poems and identify which types of figurative language are used in your poem. Record them on the last page of your packet
#1: By Shel Silverstein
#2: By Langston Hughes
Figurative Language
the use of words or expressions with a meaning that is different from the literal interpretation
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