The Use Of Metaphors InWhen, By Dodie Clark

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Twenty-two year old singer/songwriter Dodie Clark has become internet-famous with her cheerful jingles and poetic introspection. With over a million subscribers, her youtube channel- affectionately named “doddleoddle”- draws in countless individuals to bear witness to her hours of musical content. Dodie is known, in fact, for her ability to write lyrics which are poetry first and music second. Clark, in her 2016 song “When,” employs metaphor to invoke imagery, euphemism, and indirect self-addressment in an effort to articulate her plea that she finally begin to take initiative and live her life Dodie is no stranger to metaphor or imagery, and “When” is a perfect example of the lyricist’s ability to marry the two. The singer’s metaphors …show more content…

Clark does not mean, obviously, that she is incapable of seeing them unless there is a lack of light, but rather that she will only engage in intimate activities with these men if there is not a connection and there are no emotional consequences. She is, in a way, asking herself if that is a love life that she wishes to continue pursuing. Euphemism is also present in the song’s hook (repeated three times) when Dodie states “it’ll be over, and I’ll still be asking ‘when?’” (Line 24). By this, one can assume the singer means that her perceived window of opportunity for finding love will pass and she will still be waiting for something to happen to her rather than making it happen herself. The use of euphemism in “When” allows the singer to present difficult material in a way which is easier to swallow-both for herself and her listeners. She does not omit the subject matter, however, because they are crucial points in her plea to herself to leave behind her unhappy life and begin truly living. Throughout the entirety of “When,” Dodie appears to be addressing a third party: someone who is unaware of the lie she feels she’s been living and who will be sympathetic to her cause. Upon further examination, however, it becomes clear that Ms. Clark is in fact speaking to herself, indirectly begging herself to stop “waiting to live” and begin forging her own future (Line 23). In one portion of her chorus, Clark is not asking

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