Sec1 Literature Poetic Techniques used in Songs 2014 December holiday homework

Topics: Poetry, Demi Lovato, Literary devices Pages: 6 (1218 words) Published: January 27, 2015
NAME: Leong Kang Ping, Isaiah ( 27 ) DATE: 9 December 2014 CLASS: 2H


1 CHOOSE a song with English lyrics that use at least TWO literary techniques from the six elements we have learnt, namely simile, metaphor, personification, rhyme, alliteration or onomatopoeia. Here are some examples you may choose: 1. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole 2. “100 Years” by Five for Fighting

3. “Swallowed in the Sea” by Coldplay
4. “Diamonds” by Rihanna
5. “I Am A Rock” by Simon and Garfunkel
6. “The River” by Garth Brooks

2 PRINT out at least 2 stanzas of the lyrics of the song you have chosen. 3 IDENTIFY at least 2 literary techniques and LABEL these neatly on the printout.

4 COMPLETE the given table and answer the following question based on the techniques used in the song. An example (based on “Firework” by Katy Perry) has been done for you. Please do not use this same song for your holiday homework.

5 ATTACH the printout of the lyrics to the back of your completed table and submit it (in hard copy) to your Sec 2 Lit teachers in TERM1 WEEK1 2015.

1) You may use any one of the given songs above – or – you may choose any other ENGLISH song lyrics for this assignment. Remember to include the name of the singer and source (weblink) alongside the title of the song.

2) CHECK that you have chosen ONLY SONGS that:
 DO NOT contain any rude, insensitive or inappropriate references. Check with your Literature teachers if you are still unsure as to whether you can use a particular song owing to its lyrics.

DEADLINE: Term 1 Week1 in 2015

 TABLE OF ANALYSIS of Literary Techniques in Songs

 TITLE: “Heart Attack”
 Singer: Demi Lovato
 Literary Techniques used: Simile, Personification and Rhyme.

 INCLUDE at least TWO STANZAS in your printout

When I don’t care 
I can play him like a Ken doll 
Won’t wash my hair 
Then make him bounce like a basketball 
The feelings got lost in my lungs 
They’re burning, I’d rather be numb 
And there’s no one else to blame 
So scared I’ll take off and run 
I’m flying too close to the sun 
And I’ll burst into flames 

 Video link and lyrics (source):

1 COMPLETE THIS TABLE based on your chosen song lyrics:
Literary Devices



(WHICH QUALITY is being compared?)


(Explain the implied meaning in your own words)

‘I can play him like a Ken doll……Then make him bounce like a basketball’

‘The feelings got lost in my lungs. They’re burning, I’d rather be numb’

‘And there’s no one else to blame 
So scared I’ll take off and run 
I’m flying too close to the sun 
And I’ll burst into flames’ 





Painful, Overwhelmed

Love, Romantic

She toys with other guys’, making them almost like a game with a toy, the Ken doll, She does not want to fall in love though she can get a man easily with her attractiveness.

She made use of personification by giving ‘ feelings ‘ the ability to get ‘ lost ‘. And the fact that they got ‘lost ‘in her lungs suggests that these ‘ feelings ‘ are so overwhelming that it becomes hard to breathe as they seem to linger within each breath that she takes in. Personification is also seen in the phrase “They’re burning “which refers back to those ‘feelings ‘that the singer is currently experiencing. The word ‘burning’ suggests that the emotion has an excruciating impact...
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