Homework Help

Does anyone know of any songs that have deep meaning and use figurative language? The...

user profile pic

deeppurple1994 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 1, 2009 at 10:33 AM via web

dislike 1 like

Does anyone know of any songs that have deep meaning and use figurative language?

The criteria is to find a song with deep meaning and to identify the similes, metaphors, onomatopeia, and alliteration within that song thank you!

Tagged with arts, discussion

4 Answers | Add Yours

user profile pic

lynn30k | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 4, 2009 at 10:42 AM (Answer #2)

dislike 0 like

Go to a site that has lyrics, and look at virtually any song written by Bob Dylan. He is more a poet than a musician, and especially at the start of his fame could barely sing. His guitar and harmonica playing were basic. He has made much progress over the years, but it is still his words that carry his songs.

user profile pic

charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted March 4, 2009 at 10:42 AM (Answer #3)

dislike 0 like
"Natural Woman" (sung by a variety of artists--Aretha Franklin did the original, I believe) has several of those elements. Also, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (again, variety of artists, but Aretha does that one, too) has several of the other elements. A more modern song with similes and metaphors is "Missing You" by Case and pretty much every single song by Lil Wayne has about a million of all of those elements each--you will probably have to censor those lyrics to make them school appropriate though!
user profile pic

pkandel | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 15, 2009 at 10:38 PM (Answer #4)

dislike 0 like

"Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" is a good example of a creative way to say - when you're in love, you don't always see so clearly.  "Over The Rainbow" is a poetic way of saying there must be a better world out there, even though we know there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The words "Where troubles melt like lemon drops away above the chimney tops...."  are very colorful alliterations to a brighter sweeter place to be.  Thinking creatively, you will find many more words in songs like this.

user profile pic

akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 20, 2009 at 1:20 PM (Answer #5)

dislike 0 like

Building from number 2's post, "Like a Rolling Stone" is replete with images and comparative language with the theme of how loneliness is unavoidable.  Bob Seger's "Feels Like a Number" is a song that redescribes modern isolation in a number of ways.  Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" uses language that actually sound like what alienation would sound like.  On a lighter note, the song "Lollipop" by the Chordettes features examples of alliteration and other poetic devices.  I believe it is currently being used in the new Dell Computers Commercial.

Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes