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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 last let your heart decide? I can open your eyesTake you wonder by wonderOver, sideways and underOn a magic carpet ride A whole new worldA new fantastic point of viewNo one to tell us noOr where to goOr say we're only dreamingA whole new worldA dazzling place I never knewBut when I'm way up hereIt's crystal clearThat now I'm in a whole new world with youNow I'm in a whole new world with youUnbelievable sightsIndescribable feelingSoaring, tumbling, freewheelingThrough an endless diamond skyA whole new worldDon't you dare close your eyesA hundred thousand things to seeHold your breath - it gets betterI'm like a shooting starI've come so farI can't go back to where I used to beA whole new worldEvery turn a surpriseWith new horizons to pursueEvery moment red-letterI'll chase them anywhereThere's time to spareLet me share this whole new world with youA whole new worldThat's where we'll beA thrilling chaseA wondrous placeFor you and me

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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.

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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.
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