Entries from January 2018

Monday, January 29th, 2018

“Elegy” in Music

Definition of “elegy” in the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms: “Elegy. An elaborately formal *lyrics poem lamenting the death of a friend of a public figure, or reflecting seriously on a solemn subject. In Greek and Latin verse, the term referred to the *metre of a poem (alternating in dactylic *hexameters and *pentameters in couplets […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018

“Lament” in Music

Lament: Any poem expressing profound grief or mournful regret for the loss of some person or former state, or for some other misfortune.  Reading this definition, my first thought was “oh, a lament is a ballad.” While the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms does not agree with me[1] in the world of musical theater, the slow, […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018

“Apostrophe” in Music: why talking to your laptop matters

An apostrophe is a rhetorical technique that is used with such a high frequency in lyrics writing… Wait, what? Isn’t apostrophe a punctuation mark? You are probably wondering about the relationship between a punctuation mark and a song’s lyrics. Who uses this “;” in a song anyway? Let me tell you this. Apostrophe is what […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018

“Blazon” Literary Term In Music

Definition of “blazon” in the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms: “A poetic catalogue of a woman’s admirable physical features, common in Elizabethan lyric poetry: an extended example in Sidney’s ‘What tongue can her perfections tell?’ The Petrarchan conventions of the blazon include a listing of parts from the hair down, and the use of hyperbole […]

Monday, January 29th, 2018

“Anaphora” In Music

Anaphora: A rhetorical *figure of repetition in which the same word or phrase is repeated in (and usually at the beginning of) successive lines, clauses, or sentences. I decided to use the song “Every Breath You Take” by The Police as an example of anaphora. When I first looked at this song to see if […]

Sunday, January 28th, 2018

“Polysemy” In Music

Polysemy: A linguistic term for a word’s capacity to carry two or more distinct meanings. Polysemy is when the author of a song, or any literary work, uses one word that has two different meanings that changes the intended meaning of the song as a whole. An example could be if an author wrote, “The […]