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Metaphor in Song Lyric
History
It's impossible to deny the part of music in human life. People pay attention to music for a
variety of reasons: to entertain, to chill, to emerge from from their tiring and frustrating life, etc.
Something can be raised: "How can music have the ability to do those tasks?" It is the lyric
finder where we can easily get the answer. The lyrics have the chance to touch and evoke
people's deepest feelings. This power is created usually by the author taking advantage of a
number of rhetorical methods and Metaphor is among the hottest. To get more specific,
metaphor is a hidden comparison which the authors often use to share their thoughts or feelings
in a really sophisticated way; therefore, those that listen to the songs must spend efforts on
discovering the hidden message. However, correctly learning the concept of metaphors isn't
necessarily simple and easy , sometimes the listeners still find it challenging and confused to
understand the authors' implication.
Rationale
Discovering the concise explaination a metaphor in song lyrics is comparable to playing a puzzle
game. Our group find it might be important and brimming with challenge. Many people why
we've got chosen the main topics "Metaphor in Song Lyrics" for our study. Additionally we
aspire to supply the English learners more information about the use of metaphor in the exciting
area (music) in order to enrich their vocabulary. Moreover, properly understanding the
metaphors in song lyrics could make it a lot easier to interpret the author's message or
implication. Because of this, the listeners can give the authors their stories, feelings, happiness or
even pains that are conveyed beautifully to the song by metaphors.
Scope of the Study & Methodology
As everyone knows, metaphor is widely used in several different areas including conversation,
literature, proverb/sayings plus music. Although the using metaphor is basically interesting, it
isn't possible for us to conduct the research in most fields. Therefore, our group chose to narrow
the scope in our study in song lyrics (music) only. The research will focus on answering one
research question: "How do song writers use metaphor of their song lyrics?" To accomplish this
goal, we selected a handful of popular songs from various genres and then extracted certain parts
of the lyrics that incorporate metaphors to thoroughly analyze.
Literature Review
As metaphor has been used in lots of fields for several purposes, this rhetorical method has
become mentioned in a number of lexicology books or websites. In a book for linguistic students
named "Basic English Lexicology" (author: Hoang Tat Truong), the author provides the
definition, the characteristic feature and the classification of metaphor. However, most of his
examples are words, phrases or simple sentences often employed in daily conversations.
Whenever we google the saying "metaphor", google will lead us with a giant number of websites
regarding this topic such as "literaryzone.com", "changingminds.org", etc. Such sites share
something in keeping. That is, they mainly target the definition, kinds of metaphor and the
examples are mostly obtained from literature, proverbs or sayings. Only a few of the websites
analyse using metaphor in song lyrics. Thus, it isn't too difficult to realize the visible difference
in this area. Our study will research the topic use a better understanding about English metaphor.


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