Katy Perry Poetic Devices

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In 2013, Perry, Bonnie McKee, Dr Luke, Max Martin, and Cirkut composed a song entitled Roar. It is a power pop song with lyrics centring on standing up for oneself and self-empowerment. It is a statement by Perry of moving forward into the next stage of her life after the tumultuous end of her marriage to Russell Brand. Many people use songwriting in order to overcome a situation in life. One of the opening verses states ‘I see it all, I see it now'. The author uses a hyperbole to capture the emotion of the lyrics. Katy Perry understands now what she needs to do yet she does not exactly see it all. ‘I got the eye of the tiger' is the response to how she overcame great obstacles to achieve greatness. Throughout the song the author uses many illusions like ‘now I'm floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee' or you're gonna hear me roar Louder, louder than a lion'. The first illusion alludes to the statement made by Muhammed Ali about his fighting style. Katy Perry implies that she's effortless, however, packs a mean punch. In the second illusion, he author uses a metaphor. A metaphor, like a simile, is a comparison between two unlike objects or ideas but does not use "like" or "as". Here Katy Perry is comparing her roar (voice) to being louder than a roar of a lion.…show more content…
She was scared to stand up for what she believed in. This is seen as an idiom. Saying that is not to be interpreted literally. Katy Perry does not mean that she actually bit her tongue or held her breath and she was not in a boat either. Now Katy through singing these lyrics found a voice of her own. Expressing emotions and feelings through lyrics can increase self-esteem. Songwriters use literary devices to better express themselves and to enhance their writing and the readers
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