• Isabella Margalith

What You Have Never Noticed about Songs and Movies

Have you ever stopped to think that, most of the time, we use some type of figurative speech? Yes, we are always comparing two different aspects or situations, over-exaggerating how bad we were on a test, or how clever you are as an eagle. Sometimes we use or hear poetic devices without even noticing. Poetic devices are all around us, at all times. Either if we’re talking to a friend, writing a paper for English class, or chilling on a Sunday morning while watching your favorite TV show, you can never quite steer clear of them. In fact, we can even spot figurative language in something pretty much we all enjoy: music! If we think about the music we hear everyday and the movies we’re constantly replaying on Netflix we can find many examples! Let’s check them out:


Diamonds, by Rihanna

Did you notice that when Rihanna says:

“We're like diamonds in the sky

You're a shooting star I see” ♫

She is talking about a simile in the first line, and a metaphor in the second line!

A simile is when you compare two things/situations using “like or as”. Rihanna wasn’t literally saying that she and her partner were made of carbon atoms, she was saying that her relationship with the person was delightful, marvelous!

A metaphor is very similar to a simile, it is a comparison between two things/situations, but the difference is that a metaphor doesn’t use “like” or “as”. Rihanna doesn’t mean that the person is actually a “shooting star” in the sky… she is saying that the person is one of a kind or maybe a good fortune to her.

Another one:

“Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond

Shine bright like a diamond”♫

This is repetition!

Repetition is when you repeat the phrase various times. In this song, Rihanna repeats the phrase: “Shine bright like a diamond”.

Million reasons, by Lady Gaga

“You're giving me a million reasons to let you go

You're giving me a million reasons to quit the show

You're giving me a million reasons” ♫

This is a repetition with a hyperbole at the same time!

A hyperbole is when we use exaggeration, overstatement in a phrase. We doubt it if the person gave one million reasons to her partner, perhaps she gave two or three reasons, but one million is way too much...

“I try to make the worst seem better” ♫

Contradictory, isn’t it? That is an example of an oxymoron!

An oxymoron is the use of two different words that contradict each other.

A thousand years, by Christina Perri

If this title seems familiar, it is because it is from Twilight (Breaking Dawn Part 2)!

“I have died every day waiting for you”♫

Christina wasn't actually “dying”... it is just a metaphor and also a hyperbole, she exaggerated a little bit when she said she was dying. She was probably feeling very sad, very bad, but she would never really die for someone.

“I have loved you for a thousand years

I'll love you for a thousand more” ♫

“A thousand years” is such a long time, she won’t probably be around. She used a hyperbole!

Rolling in the Deep, by Adele

“There's a fire starting in my heart

Reaching a fever pitch and it's bringing me out the dark” ♫

Adele used a metaphor on this part.

Adele does not mean that there is actually “a fire starting in her heart”, and she would have to dial 911 to call the firefighters. It means she is probably feeling various emotions at the same time...

Roar, by Katy Perry

“You’re gonna hear me roooaarrrrr

Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh” ♫

Katy Perry used an onomatopoeia!

An onomatopoeia is a word that imitates a certain sound! It can be a cat’s meow, the noise of a creaking door…