See how this literary device makes these songs that much better:. When you give me the hummingbird heartbeat Hummingbird heartbeat You give me the hummingbird heartbeat Spread my wings and make me fly. In many cases of personification, non-human objects are given a human quality. However, in this song we see a non-human quality, in this case a hummingbird heartbeat, given to a human.
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Posted by lashibes on Nov 30, Caution is recommended to not over-endow an object or concept with living qualities. It can quickly turn unrealistic, or comic if not careful. When this happens, your listener starts to question the reliability of the speaker and if the doubt is reinforced with other poor observations or figurative language that is not in the realm of possibility, your listener is out. Like all figurative language , it is meant to appeal to the senses and help add a connection and larger meaning to the line for the listener. What makes the personification work so well in this song is that the first two lines are true statements. By the time you get to the third line and highway not caring that a person is alone, the facts have already substantiated it as a fact. Your takeaway as a listener is that the highway is a cold and lonely place, i.
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The Song Bar belches out the last lingering patrons for the week. The poor jukebox has lost its voice after another frenzied session, the barstools are breathing a sigh of relief and the puns are getting their coats. The Landlord and I are left alone with my avatar, John Milton, who eagerly starts reading his new poem to us. LCD Soundsystem reckon you might be losing your edge — to better-looking people with better ideas and more talent. All crammed into a capricious three-minute psychedelic folk song. Home towns From the dehumanising experience of city life to getting trapped in the places that breed and shape us. Philip Jeays starts to throw in some snatches of personification — lazy brown hair falling on your shoulder, clouds stitching the skies, a laughing wind. Slapp Happy and Henry Cow encounter the same Europa in more desperate straits, opening her weary eyes to find all her pretty cities levelled to the ground. Any resemblance with current European affairs is purely coincidental.
Literary devices have been used in poetry and lyrics rather effectively by songwriters over the ages. In this Penlighten post, we're looking out for popular songs that have personification in them. It is the attribution of a personal nature or human characteristics to something non-human, or the representation of an abstract quality in human form. Lyricists and musicians have a tendency to channel their innermost feelings into their songs; after all, good music always stems from the heart, so they say. Personification is a literary device which is liberally used by lyricists for the depth it lends to some seemingly-mundane words. It can be used to enliven a song, make it seem more meaningful, and if you happen to be a certain Taylor Swift, even throw some subtle shade at an ex-lover. And so today, my world it smiles Your hand in mine, we walk the miles, Thanks to you it will be done, For you to me are the only one. In most cases, we see how non-human, abstract objects are personified, giving them a human quality. Human qualities, applied to non-human concepts.