Figurative language can be used in poems, stories, speeches, songs and other creations. It is defined as " a word or phrase that departs from everyday literal language for the sake of comparison, emphasis, clarity, or freshness." It provides the author with a means of conveying or creating an image, idea, or point by using descriptive and symbolic words.
In the song "I'm Yours" by Jason Mraz, figurative language is abundant. In general, he is singing about keeping things simple and doing what one wants to do in life. There are many instances to discuss. For example, the lyric "I tried to be chill but you're so hot that I melted" indicates the magnitude of the impact someone has had on him. You can envision ice melting over fire from the language he uses but it may be his composure that actually is lost or "melted" because of the attractiveness of the person.
Another example is the lyric "open up your plans and damn your free." Often times when people make plans, they are dedicated to a specific agenda. By "opening" your plans up or expanding your agenda, you can change your direction. You are no longer limited, thus you are free to explore more opportunities and encounter new experiences.
One more example is the lyric "I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror." You may envision him examining his tongue in the mirror, but it's indicative of him rehearsing what he wants to say and how he wants to say it. He realizes he should just say it.
Here is the music video, for educational purposes of course!:
Simile: a figure of speech in which one thing is explicitly compared to another, as in “she is like a rose.”
Metaphor: a term or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable in order to suggest a resemblance, as in “I am a rock, I am an island” meaning I can not be harmed and I am independent
Onomatopoeia: the formation of a word, as cuckoo, boom, buzz, zip, bang by imitation of a sound made by or associated with its referent.
Personification: the attribution of a personal nature or character to inanimate objects or abstract notions Example: The sun opened its sleepy eyes and smiled down on the Earth as a new day began.
Oxymoron, n. A figure of speech in which a pair of opposite or contradictory terms are used together for emphasis. Example: Organized chaos, a wise fool
Paradox, n. A statement or proposition which is self-contradictory, unreasonable, or illogical. Example: There is no absolute truth.
Hyperbole, n. A figure of speech which uses an extravagant or exaggerated statement to express strong feelings. Example: I’ve told you millions of times to go away.
Extended Metaphor, n. A metaphor that is continued over multiple sentences.Example: Suzie is a beautiful young flowering girl. Her cheeks are flush with the spring of life. She has the fragrance of youth about her.
EXAMPLES IN I'M YOURS LYRICS
I tried to be chill but your so hot that I melted This is a metaphore because he describes himself as ice and his lover as fire. If he had said “it was as if I melted” then it would be a simile, not a metaphore.
I fell right through the cracks is a metaphore. It isn’t litterarly true.
and nothin's gonna stop me but divine intervention This is hyperbole. It probably would take something less than God’s intervention to make him change his mind about her.
Well open up your mind and see like me
open up your plans and damn you're free
look into your heart and you'll find love love love love
These three are metaphors. You can not literary open your mind, but you can consider new points of vies. You can’t look inside your heart, but you can be aware of your feelings.
checkin' my tongue in the mirror . I don’t know what he means by this, but I don’t think he actually does this in a real mirror, so it’s a metaphore.
and bendin' over backwards metaphore meaning he’s going against his own nature doing things he would never do just to please her.
I've been spendin' way too long checkin' my tongue in the mirror
and bendin' over backwards just to try to see it clearer
But my breath fogged up the glass
and so I drew a new face and I laughed
This is an extended metaphore where looking in a mirror has something to do with trying to express how he feels about her.
just go with the seasons metaphore, be in tune with what is happening.
'Well open up your mind and see like me' (SIMILE) he's comparing how she views the world to how HE views the world.
"you are so hot that I melted" is a metaphor
it is also sensory imagery.
"Do you but do you...skooch" etc., is consonance.
"I won't hesitate no more, no more" is repetition
There is a lot of repetition.
this was very enlightening! i never looked at the song throught this way, thanks for sharing your knowledge! :)
I tried to be chill but your so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
bendin' over backwards
just go with the seasons
I tried to be chill but your so hot that Imelted... Someone made a great impact on him.
I fell right throught the cracks... He didn't actually fall right through the cracks. He is simply saying he's falling into love.
I've been spending way too long checking my tongue in the mirror... This has a double meaning. He's been practicing what he wants to say to a particular someone.Or he's been looking at the meaningless things in life.
And bending over backwards just to try and see you clearer...He's not actually bending backwards to see them clearer. He would only get an upside down image of that person. He's just saying that he's doing everythig to get to know the better.
But my breath fogged up the glass... He's wasting time on something so simple that it's foggingup his view on life.
So I drew a new face and I laughed...He's looking at things in a new prespective.
Open up your mind and see like me...You can't actually open up your mind. But, you can look at things in a new light, which he's advising.
Open up your plans and damn you're free...He's suggesting they change their ways and try something new.
Look into your heart and you'll find love...You can't literally look into your heart, but he's saying to pay attention to how your feeling and let thatguide you in life.
Look into your heart and you'll find the sky is yours...When this person listens to their feelings and find that they (might) love him. And if they do, he won't literally give them the sky, but he'll give them anything in the world so long as they desire it.
"Your So hot That i Melted"
"i fell right through the cracks"
"look into your heart"
Thats all i found. >.<
"I tried to chill but you're so hot that I melted". [Metaphor] - Jason is comparing himself to something cold, like ice, and the woman to something hot, like fire.
"I fell right through the cracks". [Metaphor] - Figurative language for saying that Jason 'fell' right in love for the girl, and not literally falling through cracks on a sidewalk.
"Well, open up your mind and see like me". [Metaphor] - What he's trying to say is that he wants her to broaden up her horizons and change her mind about him, as in, give him a chance.
I fell right through the cracks- metaphor
He didn't literally fall right through the cracks
Bendin' over backwards
He isnt actually bending over backwards, this means he's doing everything he can to please her even though it may be hard
bendin' over backwards is a metaphor and basically means going against his own nature doing things he would never do just to please her.
just some examples would be:
"you're so hot that i melted" couldbe a hyperbole"
"bendin over backwards just to try to see it clearer"
"look into your heart:"
I kind of need help too i am doing a project and cant find a lot!!
He doesn't literally belong to her, but he is her lover. That's figurative :)
he thinks that theres not much time for us all, because we live such short lives. he wants to tell her how he feels, and be quick about it before his time runs out.
I'm Yours...!! :D
i dunno but that is a good question