Could you please help me find any type of literary elements in this song. All ideas are great. Thank you.   I can show you the worldShining, shimmering, splendidTell me, princess, now when didYou...

Could you please help me find any type of literary elements in this song. All ideas are great. Thank you.

 

 I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we're only dreaming

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I'm way up here
It's crystal clear
That now I'm in a whole new world with you
Now I'm in a whole new world with you

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky

A whole new world
Don't you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath - it gets better
I'm like a shooting star
I've come so far
I can't go back to where I used to be

A whole new world
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red-letter
I'll chase them anywhere
There's time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you

A whole new world
That's where we'll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me

Expert Answers
bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is a personification (giving human attributes to a non-human or non-living thing):

  • "... when did
    You last let your heart decide?"  The heart is being given the human characteristic of decision.

There is at least one example of a simile (using "like" or "as" to compare two unlike things).

  • "I'm like a shooting star." Comparing the narrator to a "shooting star."

Examples of a metaphor (two unlike things which have something in common):

  • "Diamond sky."  Comparing the brightness of a diamond with the sky.
  • "Every turn a surprise."  Comparing a turn with a surprise.
  • "Every moment red-letter."  Comparing a moment with red-letter.
clairewait eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Don't forget the poetic sound elements:

alliteration: shining, shimmering, splendid

repetition: the refrain; several repeated first words of lines

No definite rhyme scheme, but certainly rhyme: no/go; star/far

You could probably also make a case for the fact that this "lyric" is a dialogue between two people.  Although it is a Disney song written for kids (hence, the rhyming couplets) there is certainly a specific tone that is created by the combination of these elements that could certainly be explored.