Figurative Language in Songs


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Figurative Language in Songs

  1. 1. By Ms. S
  2. 2. Similes, metaphors , hyperboles and personificationare writing techniques known as “Figurative Language”. Figurative Language – sayings not to be taken literally, or seriously.
  3. 3.  COMPARE one thing to another to help to describe. EXAGGERATE to make a point. GIVES something non-human, or inanimate, person-like qualities.
  4. 4. Examples of figurative language in:“Rolling in the Deep” - Adele There’s a fire starting in my heart Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare The scars of your love remind me of us We could’ve had it all rolling in the deep You had my heart inside your hand and you played it to the beat I’m gonna make your head burn Think of me in the depths of your despair Throw your soul through every open door Count your blessings to find what you look for Turn my sorrow into treasured gold
  5. 5. Examples of figurative language in:“Mean” – Taylor Swift You, with your words like knives and swords and weapons that you use against me You have knocked me off my feet again Got me feeling like a nothing You, with your voice like nails on chalkboard You can take me down with just one single blow You with your switching sides and your wildfire lies and your humiliation Somebody made you cold Cause you can’t lead me down that road
  6. 6. Examples of figurative language in:“Firework” – Katy Perry Do you ever feel like a plastic bag, drifting through the wind Do you ever feel you’re so paper thin, like a house of cards, one blow from caving in? Do you ever feel already buried deep? You’ve just gotta ignite the light and let it shine Just own the night like the fourth of July Cause baby you’re a firework Come on let your colors burst Maybe a reason why all the doors are closed so you could choose the one that leads you down the perfect road Like a lightning bolt, your heart will glow
  7. 7. Examples of figurative language in:“The Wind Cries Mary” – Jimi Hendrix After all the jacks are in their boxes And the clouds have all gone to bed You can hear hapiness staggering on down the stream Footprints dressed in red And the wind whispers, “Mary” A broom is drearily sweeping up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life And the wind, it cries “Mary” The traffic lights, they turn blue tomorrow And shine the emptiness down on my bed And the wind screams, “Mary” Will the wind ever remember the names it has blown in the past And with its crush, its old age and its wisdom, it whispers, “no, this won’t be the last.”
  8. 8. Examples of figurative language in:“Stereo Hearts” – Gym Class Heroes My heart’s a stereo, it beats for you so listen close Hear my thoughts in every note Make me your radio and turn me up when you feel low This melody was meant for you, so sing along to my stereo If I was just another record on the shelf, would you blow me off and play me like everybody else? Furthermore I apologize for any skipping tracks, its just that the last girl that played me left a couple cracks Holding grudges over love is ancient artifacts Keep me stuck inside your head like your favorite tune If I was an old-school 50 pound boom box, would you hold me on your shoulder wherever you walked? You never know, we come and go like on the interstate