FC: Poetic Devices in Song Lyrics Examples using Modern Songs
1: This ebook contains definitions and examples of these poetic devices found in modern songs: Simile Metaphor Alliteration Rhyme Repetition Personification Onomatopoeia Hyperbole Examples in the verses are highlighted using red or green text.
3: Simile: A comparison of two things (that may or may not be alike) using the words like or as. Example: “Firework” by Katy Perry Do you ever feel like a plastic bag Drifting through the wind wanting to start again? Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin Like a house of cards, one blow from caving in?
5: Metaphor: A comparison of two unlike things without using like or as. Things can be a person, place, thing, or thought. Example: “Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochran Life is a highway I wanna ride it all night long If you’re going my way I wanna drive it all night long
7: Alliteration: The occurrence of the same letter or sound at the beginning of adjacent or closely connected words. Example: “Alphabet Aerobics” by Blackalicious Artificial amateurs, aren’t at all amazing Analytically, I assault, animate things Broken barriers bounded by the bomb beat Buildings are broken, basically I’m bombarding
9: Rhyme: Words which end with the same sounds, usually at the end of lines. Example: “Back in Black” by AC/DC Back in black I hit the sack I’ve been too long I’m glad to be back Yes I’m let loose From the noose
11: Repetition: A literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer. Example: “Umbrella” by Rhianna Now that it's raining more than ever Know that we'll still have each other You can stand under my umbrella You can stand under my umbrella
13: Personification: A type of metaphor in which non-human things or ideas possess human qualities or actions. Example: “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain Rain falls angry on the tin roof As we lie awake in my bed You’re my survival, you’re my living proof My love is alive and not dead.
15: Onomatopoeia: The formation of a word from a sound associated with what is named (e.g. buzz, cuckoo). Example: “Boom Boom Pow” by the Black Eyed Peas I’m on that supersonic boom Y’all hear that spaceship zoom When-when I step inside the room Them girls go ape ape uh Y’all stuck on super-8-8-8 That low-fi super 9 bit I’m on that HD flat This beat go boom boom bap.
17: Hyperbole: An obvious and deliberate exaggeration (to emphasize something or for humorous purposes). Example: “Fireflies” by Owl City You would not believe your eyes If ten million fireflies Lit up the world as I fell asleep 'Cause they'd fill the open air And leave teardrops everywhere You'd think me rude But I would just stand and stare
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