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An short example assignment to show how we can identify rhetorical techniques in a pop song.

An short example assignment to show how we can identify rhetorical techniques in a pop song.

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  • As seen in “Blister in the Sun” by The Violent Femmes.
  • Blister in the Sun was written by Gordon Gano  from the Wisconsin folk-punk band Violent Femmes. It first appeared on their debut album, Violent  Femmes, in 1982.
  • This song has been used in a number of films  including: Grosse Point Blank ◦ The Benchwarmers ◦ Adventureland ◦ Rocket Science ◦
  • The lyrics of Blister in the Sun make extensive  use of the rhetorical technique of repetition. Repetition is where a word or sequence of  words is repeated throughout a text.
  • It is common for the chorus of a pop song to  appear two or more times in the course of the song. The chorus of this song, which begins “let me  go on...” appears in an identical form three times.
  • Within the chorus, the words “let me go on”  on are repeated. Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on big hands I know you’re the one
  • It is less common in pop songs for a whole  verse to be repeated. That makes this song unusual.  The first verse, which opens with “when I’m  walking...”, appears unchanged four times in the song. The second verse, which open with “body and  beats...”, appears unchanged twice in the song.
  • The word “out” is used at the end of the third  and sixth lines of the first verse. And I’m so strung out I’m high as a kite I just might Stop to check you out
  • Another technique used in these lyrics in  rhyme. Rhyme is when the sound at the end of words  or phrases sounds the same. Rhyme is found in both the chorus and both  verses.
  • “Sun” rhymes with “one”.  Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on big hands I know you’re the one
  • “Kite” rhymes with “might”.  I’m high as a kite I just might Stop to check you out
  • “Beats” rhymes with “sheets”.  “Why” rhymes with “cry”.  “Girlfriend” rhymes with “end”.  Body and beats I stain my sheets I don’t even know why My girlfriend she’s at the end She is starting to cry
  • The final technique used in this song is  simile. Simile is where one thing is compared to  another. “Let me go on Like a blister in the sun”
  • When I’m out walking I strut my stuff And I’m so strung out I’m high as a kite I just might Stop to check you out
  • Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on Big hands, I know you’re the one
  • Body and beats I stain my sheets I don’t even know why My girlfriend, she’s at the end She is starting to cry
  • Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on Big hands, I know you’re the one
  • When I’m out walking I strut my stuff And I’m so strung out I’m high as a kite I just might Stop to check you out
  • When I’m out walking I strut my stuff And I’m so strung out I’m high as a kite I just might Stop to check you out
  • Body and beats I stain my sheets I don’t even know why My girlfriend, she’s at the end She is starting to cry
  • When I’m out walking I strut my stuff And I’m so strung out I’m high as a kite I just might Stop to check you out
  • Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on Big hands, I know you’re the one
  • In the popular song Blister in the Sun we see  examples of two rhetorical techniques. Repetition is used extensively, within the  chorus and of the chorus. Rhyme is used extensively in the chorus and  in both verses.