Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Disney's Cinderella: Comparison of Lyrics

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Disney’s original movie Cinderella (1950) and Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella (1997) both consist of songs throughout the movie. “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” is sung by Cinderella where she is seen singing to her animal friends to always keep dreaming. It consists of rhymes in the end of almost each line and the words rhyme with each other every other line. There are different types of rhymes used throughout the song. The second and fourth lines end with asleep/keep, which are perfect rhymes. The first and third lines end with heart makes/heartache, which are mosaic rhymes as it’s a double rhyme scheme. The sixth and ninth lines end with through/true and the seventh and eighth lines end with grieving/believing, which are identical rhyming. The lyrics of the song also have figurative language in one sentence, “Your rainbow will come shining through”, to symbolize happiness. The last four lines repeat the beginning of the song again.

The song “Impossible” in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella is sung by Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother and Brandy as Cinderella. The first half of the song starts off with the Fairy Godmother singing a few lines and then both her and Cinderella alternating. Like the song, “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”, this song also consists of rhyming words, which are mostly in the end of the lines. The first and second lines end with carriage/marriage, which are perfect rhymes. The fifth and sixth lines end with fools/rules. The seventh and ninth lines end with say/day, which are masculine rhymes because they have matching one syllable words. The eighth line has an internal rhyme consisting of dope in the middle of the line and hope at the end. This song also uses figurative language when describing a “plain yellow pumpkin” turning into “a golden carriage”. The rest of the song repeats most of the same lines and ending with Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother singing “It’s possible” repeatedly....
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