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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 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

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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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