Literary Devices in Music

By: Macy, Carson, Sydney, and Fikir

Songs by Demi Lovato

“Let It Go”



Let it go, let it go

Can't hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn my back and slam the door

Let it go, let it go

(Foreshadow- let it go= what is, it?)

Can’t hold it back anymore

(Foreshadow- Cold hold it back=what is it)

Let it go, let it go

(Foreshadow- let it go= what is, it?)

Turn my back and slam the door

(End rhyme- door rhymes with anymore)



The snow glows white on the mountain tonight,

Not a footprint to be seen.

A kingdom of isolation and it looks like I'm the queen.

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.

Couldn't keep it in, Heaven knows I tried.

The snow glows white on the mountain tonight

(Imagery-The snow glows is creating an image in your head)

Not a footprint to be seen

(Pathos- Feels isolated and alone)

It looks like I'm the queen.

(Internal Rhyme- Queen rhymes with seen but it is in the middle of the verse)

The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside.

(Simile- Comparing the wind to storm inside her head and the storm is figurative)

Heaven knows I tried

(End Rhyme- tried is the last word in the verse and it rhymes with inside)



Don't let them in, don't let them see,

Be the good girl you always have to be.

Conceal, don't feel, don't let them know.

Well, now they know.

Be the good girl you always have to be

(Internal Rhyme- Be is the internal rhyme to see)



Let it go, let it go

Can't hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn my back and slam the door

And here I stand and here I'll stay

Let it go, let it go

The cold never bothered me anyway

Let it go, let it go

(Foreshadow- let it go= what is, it?)

Can’t hold it back anymore

(Foreshadow- Cold hold it back=what is it)

Let it go, let it go

(Foreshadow- let it go= what is, it?)

Turn my back and slam the door

(End rhyme- door rhymes with anymore)



It's funny how some distance makes everything seem small

And the fears that once controlled me can't get to me at all.

Up here in the cold thin air I finally can breathe.

I know I left a life behind but I'm too relieved to grieve.

Up here in the cold thin air I finally can breathe

(Figurative- is relaxed and had a lot of stress go away)

I know I left a life behind but I'm too relieved to grieve

(End Rhyme- grieve is the end rhyme to breathe)



Let it go, let it go

Can't hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go

Turn my back and slam the door

And here I stand, and here I'll stay

Let it go, let it go

The cold never bothered me anyway

Let it go, let it go

(Foreshadow- let it go= what is, it?)

Can’t hold it back anymore

(Foreshadow- Cold hold it back=what is it)

Let it go, let it go

(Foreshadow- let it go= what is, it?)

Turn my back and slam the door

(End rhyme- door rhymes with anymore)



Standing frozen in the life I’ve chosen

You won't find me, the past is so behind me

Buried in the snow

(Na na, na na, na na na na na) [x4]

Standing frozen

(Metaphor- Standing still=feels frozen)

Buried in the snow

(Figurative- past is done=in the snow forever gone)

Na na, na na, na na na na na

(Repetition- repeats na na na na)





"Heart Attack"



1.Puttin’ my defenses up

2.‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love

3.If i ever did that

4.I think I’d have

‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love

(idiom= don’t want to be in love)

If I ever did that

I think I’d have (Foreshadowing = Later on in the song she talks about having heart attacks)



5.Never said "Yes" to the right guy

6.Never had trouble getting what I want

7.But when it comes to you, I’m never good enough

Never said “yes” to the right guy

Never had trouble getting what i want

But when it comes to you, I’m never good enough

(metaphor: comparing a perfect version of herself to what the other person thinks of her



8.When I don’t care

9.I can play ‘em like a Ken doll

10.Won’t wash my hair

11.Then make 'em bounce like a basketball

I can play ‘em like a Ken doll

(simile=comparing people to a Ken doll)

Then make ‘em bounce like a basketball

(simile:comparing people to a ball that bounces by saying that when she doesn’t wash her hair he bounces away like a basketball)



12.But you make me wanna act like a girl

13.Paint my nails and wear high heels

14.Yes, you make me so nervous

15.That I just can’t hold your hand

But you make me wanna act like a girl

(irony:she is a girl, yet she wants to act like a girl)

Paint my nails and wear high heels

Yes, you make me so nervous

That i just can’t hold your hand

(characterization: what a female does, how she feels whenever she says a certain person)



16.You make me glow,

17.But I cover up

18.Won’t let it show,

19.So I’m...

You make me glow

But I cover up

Won’t let it show

So I’m...

(End rhyme and Masculine rhyme: because glow and show rhyme and they are at the end of each line and they both have the same ending)

(Imagery: shows how the other person makes her happy but she doesn’t want to show it)

(trope: “glow” is comparing how she seems to how she feels, while giving the word “glow” its own human characteristic)



20.Puttin’ my defenses up

21.'Cause I don’t wanna fall in love

22.If I ever did that

23.I think I’d have a heart attack [3x]

Puttin’ my defenses up

‘Cause i don’t wanna fall in love

(idiom: she isn’t literally falling into love but she means she doesn’t want to be in love)

If I ever did that

I think i’d have a heart attack

(hyperbole: she is saying that if she ever fell in love she would get a heart attack which is an exaggeration)



24.Never break a sweat for the other guys

25.When you come around, I get paralyzed

26.And every time I try to be myself

27.It comes out wrong like a cry for help

Never break a sweat for the other guys

(idiom: a figure of speech saying that she doesn’t want to waste her energy for other guys)

When you come around, I get paralyzed

(hyperbole: Demi says that when he comes around she gets paralyzed which is an exaggeration because she doesn’t really get paralyzed)

And every time I try to be myself

It comes out wrong like a cry for help




28.It's just not fair

29.Pain's more trouble than love is worth

30.I gasp for air

31.It feels so good, but you know it hurts

It’s just not fair

Pain’s more trouble than love is worth

I gasp for air

(end rhyme: both fair and air are at the end of the line and they rhyme)

It feels so good, but you know it hurts

(irony: something feels so good but yet it is hurtful)



32.But you make me wanna act like a girl

33.Paint my nails and wear perfume for you

34.Make me so nervous

35.That I just can’t hold your hand

But you make me wanna act like a girl

(irony:she is a girl, yet she wants to act like a girl)

Paint my nails and wear high heels

Yes, you make me so nervous

That i just can’t hold your hand

(characterization: what a female does, how she feels whenever she says a certain person)




36.You make me glow,

37.But I cover up

38.Won’t let it show,

39.So I’m...

You make me glow

But I cover up

Won’t let it show

So I’m...

(End rhyme and Masculine rhyme: because glow and show rhyme and they are at the end of each line and they both have the same ending)

(Imagery: shows how the other person makes her happy but she doesn’t want to show it)

(trope: “glow” is comparing how she seems to how she feels, while giving the word “glow” its own human characteristic)



40.Puttin’ my defenses up

41.'Cause I don’t wanna fall in love

42.If I ever did that

43.I think I’d have a heart attack [3x]

Puttin’ my defenses up

‘Cause i don’t wanna fall in love

(idiom: she isn’t literally falling into love but she means she doesn’t want to be in love)

If I ever did that

I think i’d have a heart attack

(hyperbole: she is saying that if she ever fell in love she would get a heart attack which is an exaggeration)



44.The feelings got lost in my lungs

45.They’re burning, I’d rather be numb

46.And there’s no one else to blame (no one else)

47.So scared I take off and i run

48.I’m flying too close to the sun

49.And I burst into flames

The feelings got lost in my lungs

(personification: her feelings are given their own human characteristic of being able to get lost although that is physically impossible)

They’re burning, I’d rather be numb

(hyperbole: her feelings aren’t actually burning, she is just exaggerating)

And there’s no one else to blame (no one else)

So scared I take off and I run

I’m flying too close to the sun

And I burst into flames

(End and masculine rhyme: run and sun both rhyme and are at the end of the lines)

(hyperbole: she doesn’t really burst and she doesn’t burst into flames she is just exaggerating)



50.You make me glow,

51.But I cover up

52.Won’t let it show,

53.So I’m...

You make me glow

But I cover up

Won’t let it show

So I’m...

(End rhyme and Masculine rhyme: because glow and show rhyme and they are at the end of each line and they both have the same ending)

(Imagery: shows how the other person makes her happy but she doesn’t want to show it)

(trope: “glow” is comparing how she seems to how she feels, while giving the word “glow” its own human characteristic)



54.Puttin’ my defenses up

55.‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love

56.If I ever did that

57.I think I’d have a heart attack [5x]

Puttin’ my defenses up

‘Cause i don’t wanna fall in love

(idiom: she isn’t literally falling into love but she means she doesn’t want to be in love)

If I ever did that

I think i’d have a heart attack

(hyperbole: she is saying that if she ever fell in love she would get a heart attack which is an exaggeration)




"Skyscraper"



Skies are crying, I am watching

Catching tear drops in my hands

Only silence as it's ending

Like we never had a chance

Do you have to make me feel like

There's nothing left of me?

Skies are crying

(Personification: skies = crying)

Catching tear drops in my hand (Metaphor = Catching tear drops in my hand)

Only silence at it’s ending Like we never had a chance

(Simile = silence and no chance)

Do you have to make me feel like there’s nothing left of me?

(Simile = Have to make me feel like there’s nothing left of me? Punctuation = “?”)



You can take everything I have

You can break everything I am

Like I'm made of glass

Like I'm made of paper

Go on and try to tear me down

I will be rising from the ground

Like a skyscraper

Like a skyscraper

You can take everything I have (Point of View - first person = I have

Metaphor)

You can break everything I am (Metaphor = break everything I have)

Like I’m made of glass

Like I’m made of paper (Simile - I to glass, I to paper)

Go on and try to tear me down (Alliteration = try to tear)

I will be rising from the ground (Hyperbole = rising from the ground

Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper (Simile = her to a skyscraper)



As the smoke clears, I awaken

And untangle you from me

Would it make you feel better

To watch me while I bleed?

All my windows still are broken

But I'm standing on my feet


As the smoke clears, I awaken (Imagery = smoke, metaphor = drama to smoke, Point of View - first person = I)

And untangle you from me (Metaphor = untangle you from me means trying to grow apart from him)

To watch me while I bleed? (Metaphor = not literally bleeding)Point of View -first person)

All my window still are broken (Metaphor = her windows are not literally broken)




You can take everything I have

You can break everything I am

Like I'm made of glass

Like I'm made of paper

Go on and try to tear me down

I will be rising from the ground

Like a skyscraper

Like a skyscraper

You can take everything I have (Point of View - first person = I have

Metaphor)

You can break everything I am (Metaphor = break everything I have)

Like I’m made of glass

Like I’m made of paper (Simile - I to glass, I to paper)

Go on and try to tear me down (Alliteration = try to tear)

I will be rising from the ground (Hyperbole = rising from the ground)

Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper (Simile = her to a skyscraper)



Go run, run, run

I'm gonna stay right here,

Watch you disappear

Yeah, oh

Go run, run, run

Yeah, it's a long way down

But I am closer to the clouds up here

Yeah, it’s a long way down But I am closer to the clouds up here (Oxymoron = a long way down but closer to the clouds)



You can take everything I have

You can break everything I am

Like I'm made of glass

Like I'm made of paper

Oh Oh

Go on and try to tear me down

I will be rising from the ground

Like a skyscraper

Like a skyscraper

You can take everything I have (Point of View - first person = I have

Metaphor)

You can break everything I am (Metaphor = break everything I have)

Like I’m made of glass

Like I’m made of paper (Simile - I to glass, I to paper)

Go on and try to tear me down (Alliteration = try to tear)

I will be rising from the ground (Hyperbole = rising from the ground)

Like a skyscraper Like a skyscraper (Simile = her to a skyscraper)



(Like a skyscraper)

Like a Skyscraper (Simile comparing her to a skyscraper)



Like a skyscraper

Like a skyscraper



Like a Skyscraper Like a skyscraper (Simile comparing her to a skyscraper