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In the lyrics of "Lightning Crashes" by Live what types of literary devices and...

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rn20yr | (Level 1) Honors

Posted May 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM via web

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In the lyrics of "Lightning Crashes" by Live what types of literary devices and figurative language are used?

Lightning crashes, a new mother cries
Her placenta falls to the floor
The angel opens her eyes
The confusion sets in
Before the doctor can even close the door
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Lightning crashes, an old mother dies
Her intentions fall to the floor
The angel closes her eyes
The confusion that was hers
Belongs now to the baby down the hall

Oh, now feel it comin' back again
Like a rollin' thunder chasing the wind
Forces pullin' from the center of the earth again
I can feel it

Lightning crashes, a new mother cries
This moment she's been waiting for
The angel opens her eyes
Pale blue colored iris, presents the circle
And puts the glory out to hide, hide

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lhc | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted July 7, 2012 at 6:55 AM (Answer #1)

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Analyzing song lyrics is an excellent way to apply many literary devices, including figurative language, because the best song lyrics are simply poems set to music.  In the second line of the second stanza above, the writer has used a special kind of metaphor, personification, in the lines "Her intentions fall to the floor"; personification is the attribution of human characteristics to a non-human entity.  In the second line of the third stanza, "Like a rollin' thunder chasing the wind" begins with a simile, which compares two things using the words "like" or "as", and ends with personification in the phrase and the line immediately following:  "thunder chasing the wind / Forces pullin' from the center of the earth again." 

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