Similarities of Music and Poetry
The song "I Swear this Time I Mean it" is by a band called Mayday Parade. The song is on their Anywhere but Here album that was released in 2009. This speicfic song has a lot of similarities including poetic devices, denotation and connotaion and also musical presentaion. Poetic devices are very common in music including the song "I Swear this Time I Mean it". The first poetic device noticed in this song is rhyme. Rhyming is when two words sound the same or have the same ending. Rhyming words usually occur at the end of poetic lines. An example from the song would be "If luck is on my side tonight my clumsy tongue will make it right." The rhyming words are "tonight" and "right". The singer is saying if hes lucky tonight he'll fix his his mistakes and make them right. The singer uses rhyme to pull the song together. The next poetic device noticed in the song is personification. Personification is when an unhuman object is givin a human characteristic. An example from the song is "Oh Florida please be still tonight." That is personification because Florida can't move in the first place. The last poetic device in the song is repitition. Repition occurs in the song when he sings "And I'll sing a melody" and "Sleeping softly while I sing" the singer repeats the word "sing" throughout the song. Every word has denotation and connotation. Denotation is the dictionary definition of a word. Connotation is "an idea or meaning suggested by or associated with a word or thing". An example from the song is the word "serene". Denotation of the word serene is "Unaffected by disturbance; calm and unruffled." A connotation of the word serene would be calm, tranquill or also peaceful. I know the connotation of the word serene because once i knew the definition i knew other words with the same meaning. Another word from the song is "clumsy." The denotation of clumsy is awkward in movement or handling things....
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