Pharrell Williams Poetic Devices

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Contemporary music contains several songs that numerous people consider poetry. The song “Happy” written and performed by Pharrell Williams in 2013 is an impressive example of poetry. The tone of the song is an upbeat tempo that has several poetic devices. Also, the theme of “Happy” is focusing on the positives of life, even in a negative situation. William’s practice of including personifications, metaphors, alliterations, and other poetic devices are more than just music and words. Furthermore, Williams’s application of figurative language and imagery provides the audience a journey into the imagination of joy and happiness. First of all, Williams’s application of personification is one of the first poetic device that is in the song “Happy”. Personification is treating something nonhuman as if it were human by giving it humanlike qualities. Williams demonstrates the role of…show more content…
Another poetic device Williams utilizes is simile. A simile provides a comparing of two objects using the word like or as. Williams’s line “Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof” (Line 6), compares the audience to a room without a roof which is an unlimited feeling of happiness. In addition, Williams uses alliteration in his song. Alliteration is the consonant sounds that recur in a line. In the song “Happy” Williams’s example of alliteration is “Here comes bad news, talkin ' this and that” (Line 13) the T repeats three times in this line. In conclusion, the song “Happy” is a literary work of musical art. Pharrell Williams incorporates the use of several of the poetic devices in his song. These literary elements include personification, metaphor, simile, and alliteration. Williams is successful in his attempt to inspire an emotional reaction in an audience. Williams’s message of happiness is an important reminder that life should be celebrated. After listening to the song once, it becomes challenging not to smile as you realize it will take days to get the tune out of your
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