Deconstructing the Depth and Privacy of Love in "When You Say Nothing at All"

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The depth of love and the privacy of a relationship in Ronan Keating’s “when you say nothing at all” "When You Say Nothing At All"
It's amazing
How you can speak
Right to my heart
Without saying a word,
You can light up the dark
Try as I may
I could never explain
What I hear when
You don't say a thing

[CHORUS:]
The smile on your face
Lets me know
That you need me
There's a truth
In your eyes
Saying you'll never leave me
The touch of your hand says
You'll catch me
Whenever I fall
You say it best
When you say
Nothing at all

All day long
I can hear people
Talking out loud
But when you hold me near
You drown out the crowd
(The crowd)
Try as they may
They could never define
What's been said
Between your
Heart and mine

[Repeat chorus twice]

(You say it best
When you say
Nothing at all
You say it best
When you say
Nothing at all)

Deconstruction is a criticism theory based on the work of Jacques Derrida. He believes that language is uncertain. In the practice of literary criticism, deconstruction is used to find fallacy, contradiction of accepted values, thoughts, structure or meaning. The contradiction in language might be described in paradox and irony. According to Miriam Webster on line dictionary, paradox means a statement that is seemingly contradictory or opposed to common sense and yet is perhaps true. Understanding the truth meaning in paradox is the work of deconstruction as it tries to prove that the contradictory meaning is true and acceptable to common sense. Irony is a figure of speech that the meaning is the opposite. Irony is also a contradictory with its meaning. When we say something, we mean the opposite. Analyzing the meaning of irony is also the work of deconstruction. The song which was sung by Ronan Keating above was the original soundtrack of a film entitled by “Nothing Hill”. However, I will try to ignore the relation of the film with this song. This song tells about a couple’s love. Their...
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