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By FardinK Mar 22, 2015 575 Words
Coldplay ~ Paradise
Coldplay is a British rock band that was formed in the 90’s but more specifically in 1996. The song paradise was released on the 12th of September 2011, since then the song has made more than 250 million views on YouTube. The song resembles quite a few poetic devices, Hyperbole, Rhyme, Omniscient, Metaphor, Personification, Onomatopoeia and Assonance. The term Hyperbole means exaggeration of something dramatic, a perfect example of a hyperbole within the song is “Every tear, a waterfall” (3rd Verse, 4th Line), the phrase represents how each tear is equivalent to a waterfall, not only is this a hyperbole but a metaphor too, a metaphor meaning a comparison between two objects giving clearer meaning to one of them. “Every tear, a waterfall” clearly shows a comparison between a tear and a waterfall. Rhyme and Omniscient occurs throughout the lyrics, a rhyme means similarity of ending sounds existing between two words, and omniscient means the speaker or singer in this case is not part of the story, however is able to know and describe what the characters are thinking, “when she was just a girl she expected the world” (2nd verse, 2nd line), clearly just by looking at the sentence you can see the speaker/reader reading the thoughts of the character in the passage. Personification a figure of speech which endows inanimate objects with human traits or abilities, prime example within the lyrics is “She expected the world, but it flew away from her reach” (1st verse, 2nd line), this sentence shows how the inanimate object has flew away from her reach. Onomatopoeia, the use of words which imitate a sound, in the lyrics this can be found as “Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh”, but you would have to listen to the song to actually find what sound it’s imitating. Assonance a repetition of vowel sounds, prime example may be “but it flew away from her reach, so she ran away in her sleep”(1st verse, 3rd line), Assonance is very similar to a rhyme, and by this sentence you can see how the Assonance is used, the words and reach and sleep don’t end the same however sound pretty close. The song tries to represent a girl who is trying to maintain a childlike innocence in her life. During the first verse of the lyrics, it resembles how the girl had such high expectations, she thought that the world would be fair and how she would live like a princess and marry a prince charming and end up living happily ever after. She was acting out the life that would have led her if fate allowed in her dreams (“so she ran away from her sleep, and dreamed of para –para-paradise”). During the second verse it details how being a girl growing up, you mature and face various different difficulties and complications (“life goes on, gets so heavy”). She found dreams as a comfort zone and also a distraction (“In the night, the stormy night, she closed her eyes, away she’d fly and a dream of para-para-paradise”). During the final parts of the song (“this could be a para-para-paradise”) shows a change of mentality or the girl. The entire struggle the girl has gone through is quite similar to some pains, or growing pains for all of us, change affects us all, and our main focus is to try and overcome it, quote by me!!!

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