Figures of speech Essay
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* Why are figures of speech important?
* How can figures of speech add more meaning to poetry?
* Compile figures of speech found in songs
* Decode the figures of speech used in the compiled songs
1. “Why does love always feel like a battlefield, a battlefield” (Battlefield by Jordin Sparks) – Simile. The song compares love to a battlefield because love means sacrifice and compromise, just like when you’re in a battlefield. 2. “Shot me out of the sky, you’re my kryptonite” (One Thing by One Direction) – Metaphor.
This song directly compares you and kryptonite which means you are compared to his/her weakness. 3. “’Cause I’d get a thousand hugs from ten thousand lightning bugs as they tried to teach me how to dance” ( Fireflies by Owl City” – Personification. In this song, the ten thousand lightning bugs has human like characteristics which is that they were trying to teach him how to dance. 4. “Dear John, I see it all now that you’re gone, don’t you think I was too young to be messed with?” (Dear John by Taylor Swift) – Apostrophe. Taylor Swift is addressing “John” who is gone or who is absent. 5. “I know how to laugh but I don’t know happiness” (Love Tried to Welcome Me by Madonna) – Irony. Because when you laugh, it means that you are happy but even though she knows how to laugh, she isn’t happy.
6. “Who would have known how bittersweet this would taste?” (Someone Like You by Adele)- Oxymoron. This is an oxymoron because bitter and sweet are two opposite words though they are in one statement. 7. “Before the door’s closed and it comes to an end” (Keep Holding On by Avril Lavigne) – Metonymy. This line of the song is metonymy because the word “door” substitutes the idea of “an opportunity”. 8. “‘Cause you know I’d walk a thousand miles, if I could just see you tonight” (A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton)- Hyperbole. This is a hyperbole because this statement was exaggerated. Nobody could walk a thousand miles. 9. “Whatever happened to Amelia Earhart? Who holds the stars up in the sky? (Someday We’ll Know by New Radicals) – Allusion. The song refers to Amelia Earhart who is a historical character.
She was the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 10. “You’re the devil in disguise” (Walk Like An Angel by Elvis Presley) – Metaphor. It is a metaphor because the singer is directly comparing “you” to the devil. 11. “You and I go hard at each other like we’re going at war” (One More Night by Maroon 5) – Simile. It is a simile because the song compares that they’re going hard at each other with going at a war 12. “I have died everyday waiting for you” (A Thousand Years by Christina Perri”) – Hyperbole. Because it’s exaggerated. Nobody could actually die just waiting for a person and nobody could die every day.
13. “Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain, even after three times he betrays me” (Judas by Lady Gaga) – Allusion. In this song, they are referring to Judas Iscariot from the bible, because like what is stated in the song, Judas Iscariot was the one who betrayed Jesus. 14. “And you shouldn’t have to be alone, I would rather be alone together “(Alone Together by Daley) – Oxymoron. This is an oxymoron because alone and together is opposites yet they are joined in one statement.