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Polysemy in Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love”

Coming from the Greek phrase meaning “many signs”, a polysemy is defined as a word with two or more distinct meanings. In his song Skinny Love, Bon Iver offers multiple examples of polysemies, most notably in the chorus. For instance, … Continue reading

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Aubade in Billy Joel’s “Lullaby”

The heartbreaking, crushing, tearing separation between character as two lovers say goodbye leaves a memorable effect on the audience but does it have a name?  According to the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, aubade is a song or lyric poem … Continue reading

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Irony in “Simple Song” by The Shins

The lyrics of “Simple Song” focus on the trust and love between the singer and his significant other. The grateful, loving tone of the song and its theme both fit with the title, conveying an uncomplicated relationship free of intrigue … Continue reading

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Alliteration: Whispering Words of Wisdom

Alliteration is the repetition of multiple words, within the same phrase or sentence, that begin with the same consonant, vowel, or sound. Though I do not listen to the Beatles, their piece “Let It Be” is a good example because it is well-known. The … Continue reading

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According to Oxford’s “Dictionary of Literary Terms” occupatio is a rhetorical device by which a speaker emphasizes something by pretending to pass over it, it is also a type of irony.   When I first read the definition of occupatio a … Continue reading

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Aubade in “Sound of Music”

The Sound of Music is a song dedicated to nature and its beauty. It is a soundtrack from an original Broadway production—which is also by the same name—that first opened on November 16, 1959. Even the film adaptation was produced … Continue reading

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Polysemy in “Someone New”

Someone New sung by Hozier is a song that uses many polysemous words. One instance is at a part that sings, “Love with every stranger, the stranger the better” In this line the word stranger is polysemous. Polysemous words have … Continue reading

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“Blazon” in “Smoke Filled Room”

The literary term “Blazon” is described as admiring the physical features of a woman’s body by the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms. Outside sources, such as Dictionary.com, also describe the term “Blazon,” yet as a form of idolization or embellishment. … Continue reading

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Metonymy in Grime

Within the world of hip-hop, an artist’s representation of his or her hometown can make or break a career. In the song “Frisco”, London-born rapper Skepta uses metonymy to show pride in his city. Skepta belongs to a genre known as … Continue reading

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Occupatio & Taylor Swift

Occupatio, also known as apophasis, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms is a rhetorical device where the speaker emphasizes something by pretending to pass over it. Taylor Swift is notorious for using this poetic term in her songwriting. Taylor uses occupatio when … Continue reading

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