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Can anyone identify the figurative language in the song "One Tin Soldier" by The...

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dragleoon | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2009 at 7:11 AM via web

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Can anyone identify the figurative language in the song "One Tin Soldier" by The Original Caste?

If someone could identify one example of a simile, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and alliteration that would fantastic. I realized the message of the poem is the idea of world peace and this poem depicts a story of the Mountain and Valley people. Here is a copy of the lyrics, thank you!


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rshaffer | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted March 1, 2009 at 11:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Alliteration can be found in the line:  "With our brothers we will share"

Metaphor:  The song is an extended metaphor respresenting the conflict between Heaven and Hell. 

Heaven: "Bout a kingdom on a mountain," "On the mountain was a treasure," "There won't be any trumpets blowing Come the judgement day," "With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of our mountain, All the riches buried there," 'Peace on Earth' was all it said"

Hell: "So the people of the valley/Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure,/Tons of gold for which they'd kill," "Go ahead and hate your neighbor,/Go ahead and cheat a friend/Do it in the name of Heaven,/You can justify it in the end," On the bloody morning after..../One tin soldier rides away," "Mount your horses! Draw your sword!/And they killed the mountain-people,/So they won their just reward"

Onomatopoeia: "Turned the stone and looked beneath it...
'Peace on Earth' was all it said."

I can't find a simile in the lyrics, but I hope this helps.

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