Rhetoric Techniques And Blister In The Sun

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

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Rhetoric Techniques And Blister In The Sun

  1. 1. As seen in “Blister in the Sun” by The Violent Femmes.
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. This song has been used in a number of films  including: Grosse Point Blank ◦ The Benchwarmers ◦ Adventureland ◦ Rocket Science ◦
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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.
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. “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
  11. 11. “Kite” rhymes with “might”.  I’m high as a kite I just might Stop to check you out
  12. 12. “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
  13. 13. 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”
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on Big hands, I know you’re the one
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on Big hands, I know you’re the one
  18. 18. 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
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. Let me go on Like I blister in the sun Let me go on Big hands, I know you’re the one
  23. 23. 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.

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