Yet, this metaphor helps us deepen the understanding of the subject, life, by comparing life to rollercoasters. One of the most powerful tools to improve your writing , metaphors add color and flavor to otherwise dry and boring statements. They help us visualize comparisons and deepen understanding. Many authors and master storytellers commend metaphors for their ability to improve comprehension and allow readers to see old things in new ways. From pop to hip-hop to country, metaphors are used in all genres of popular music. Metaphors in popular music also offer real-world examples allowing students to deepen their engagement and interest in language arts. If you listen to the lyrics closely, you can hear metaphors in many of your favorite songs on the radio. Download our free guide. Enter your email to receive the free guide directly in your inbox.
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Literary devices have been used in poetry and lyrics rather effectively by songwriters over the ages. In this Penlighten post, we're looking out for popular songs that have personification in them. It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. Lyricists and musicians have a tendency to channel their innermost feelings into their songs; after all, good music always stems from the heart, so they say. Personification is a literary device which is liberally used by lyricists for the depth it lends to some seemingly-mundane words. It can be used to enliven a song, make it seem more meaningful, and if you happen to be a certain Taylor Swift, even throw some subtle shade at an ex-lover.
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Posted by lashibes on Nov 30, Caution is recommended to not over-endow an object or concept with living qualities. It can quickly turn unrealistic, or comic if not careful. When this happens, your listener starts to question the reliability of the speaker and if the doubt is reinforced with other poor observations or figurative language that is not in the realm of possibility, your listener is out. Like all figurative language , it is meant to appeal to the senses and help add a connection and larger meaning to the line for the listener. What makes the personification work so well in this song is that the first two lines are true statements.
See how this literary device makes these songs that much better:. When you give me the hummingbird heartbeat Hummingbird heartbeat You give me the hummingbird heartbeat Spread my wings and make me fly. In many cases of personification , non-human objects are given a human quality. However, in this song we see a non-human quality, in this case a hummingbird heartbeat, given to a human. Winter is almost always personified as a villainous or sad season — and summer is always happy and the hero. This beautiful Disney song is enough to bring out the sentiment in all of us — but it has personification that cannot be ignored. Throughout the entire song there are many layers of personification — this is just a sample!