ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Literary Analysis of the Song: Wordplay by Mraz Jamson

Updated on July 3, 2017

Introduction

Figurative language is an important literature which need to mastered and employed by creative writers and students. Figurative language refers to expressions or words that portray a different meaning other than its literal interpretation. By employing a literal language, a writer is simply presenting the facts without any alteration. The aim for exaggerations or alteration in use of figurative language is to make the writing appealing, or emphasize a particular point/message being passed across. In “Wordplay” the author has employed various elements of figurative language which has subsequently made the song appealing while emphasizing the message which is to inform his audience on his next album. The use of various forms of figurative language in Wordplay including Simile, Metaphor, personification, hyperbole, symbolism, Rhyme, and Sarcasm has effectively added to the song’s appeal, entertainment, and message which is to inform his audience of his next hit.

Analysis

The author’s message is emphasized in the following lyrics

“The sophomore slouch presents a difficult battle”

Entrance into music may not be a one off success; rather, artists have to grapple with a number of challenges and obstacles in their way. In this phrase, the author emphasizes that these are normal occurrences in the music industry. The author may have used this phrase to explain why he had remained silent for a long time without releasing the next song. He uses this occasion to point out that releasing a song is not always an easy endeavor but rather, one has to find challenges along the way. This information is collaborated by the survey carried out by Right Cord Music (2013) which established that a large number of budding artists faced immense challenges before coming into the music limelight.


“Are you all ready for my debut single which is about to go”

In this lyric, the artist is telling the audience to expect a new single. After waiting for a long time, he is now assuring his audience that he is not out of the business yet but he was alive and thriving. Therefore, in this phrase, he was surprising the audience that his next song will be a hit as he is working on it thoroughly. There are many artists who would just wake up one day and come up with a song which in most cases is shoddily done. However, Mraz confirms that his next work will be careful crafted and that this was one of the reasons why it took him long to produce.




“You are waiting for a new song like a novel religion”

In this sentence, he has acknowledged the audience’s desire for a new hit particularly from him. He knows that they are eager to receive a new song from him after his first song became an instant hit. In normal cases, the audience is left agitating for a new release from an artist who has stirred them. This is also the same case with Mraz whose first song was an instant hit. According to Zaga,


“People have now considered me a one hit wonder”


He also acknowledges in this sentence that his audience appreciates his songs. Therefore, Mraz is aware of the level in which the audiences have placed him and the impact his first song had. However, he is quick to refute the perception that he is a one hit wonder. It should be considered that this perception had been held by many of his audience after he seemed to have no plan of releasing another hit.


Looking at these Lyrics, it is apparent that Jackson Mraz’s song has more than one message which he wants to pass across. One, he is informing his readers of his plan to release a new hit. Two: the artist has acknowledged the audiences appreciation of his songs and, three the author has acknowledged the challenges inherent in the music industry.


Cultural Impact


Apparently, the song by Jason Mraz aligns with a popular cultural context by relating to some of the common aspects of culture. This includes love where he says in this chorus “Ha La La La Love”. Other common words include television, wizard, and freezer. This has significantly helped to reinforce the songs popularity not only with the cultural context of the artist but also globally. This is confirmed by Sisco (2012) who notes that the Wordplay has received a worldwide attention owing to its appeal and the fact that it conforms to many cultures. According to Sisco, Mraz’s song, the “Wordplay” has a wonderful balance with covers a diversity of genres while the lyrics are quite beautiful. Furthermore, Mraz’s style is unique among many artists.


Figurative Language in the Song Wordplay

In “WordPlay”, there are a number of figurative expressions employed by the author. Among these include Simile, Metaphor, personification, hyperbole, symbolism, Rhyme, and sarcasm. This section will explain how these expression are employed in the song and their purpose.

a)Simile

A simile is an expression that compared one object or thing to another by using words as “like” (Murfin and Supryia 72). In this song, we identify and highlight parts of the lyrics whereby there is use of direct comparison through words such as “like”. Examples of this comparison are quite apparent. For instance, the author expresses that “you want a new song like a novel religion”, “The audience is writing me off like I am a one hit wonder” among others.

b)Metaphor

This is an expression that compared one thing with another without using words “like” (Zoltán 115). In “Wordplay” such words expressions include “The sophomore slump is an uphill battle” (line 5) – which is a metaphor indicating that a rise in at the helm of any career and particularly in music is a tough battle which need to be fiercely fought in order to achieve success. The author also wants to emphasize the challenges of being a sophomore.

c) Personification

This is an overview of the artistic representation of a non-living matter as if it was alive as used by the author of the song lyrics (Harris 7). This is also reminiscent in the song WorldPlay by this expression: the “Music is making people tongue tight”. Another form of personification in this song is presented in the expression, “The fa-la-la's ooh's and ah's fall back in love” (line 34). Another form of personification can be found in the expression “I do not understand which way the brain is following” indicating that he does not think in a particular direction.

d)Hyperbole

This expression presents a highlight of an exaggerative language used by the artist for purposes of emphasis. Mraz has used a number of these expressions which include “I am the wizard of ooh's and ah's” (Mraz line 24). Though in actual sense Mraz is not a wizard, he considers himself to be one for his music category. This is an emphasis on his prowess and rising star in his career.

e)Symbolism

This involves the use of symbols to represent feelings or circumstances of a given context. For instance, the author claims that the “record label have put him on the shelves up in the freezer” Indicating how he had stagnated without moving even after releasing an album.

e)Rhyme

This involves the use of words which end with similar sounds at the end of subsequent lines as an artistic feature of music. Some of the words that end with similar sound in this song includes play and say, La, head and said, in, me and min, ion, under and onder among others.

e)Sarcasm

This is the use of bitter language for purpose of mockery. This element is also apparent in the song under evaluation when for instance the author says “How prepared are you to take a dive end of my head?” (line 17) as a way of mocking his rivals whether there is one who can outwit him.

Purpose of Figurative Language in Song

As already reiterated, Mraz has employed a figurative of language for a purpose. This purpose as already noted is to enhance creativity in the song, improve its appeal to the audience and emphasize the message being passed across alongside creating rhyme for the particular melodies. A study by Emmons noted that figurative language could be found in all types of music including rock, gospel, rap, and so on (2). The study further reiterates that all types of music whether rap, gospel, pop or rock are composed using figurative language including hyperbole, personification, metaphors and similes. Emmons goes on to explain that figurative language is a critical component in both fiction and non-fiction work that is aimed at making the artistic work not only realistic but also interesting.

Conclusion

Looking at the structure of the lurics by Mraz, there is no doubt that the song consists of rich artistic and language elements. The analysis reveals the use of various artistic features including personification, symbolism, rhyme, use of metaphor, hyperbole, simile and sarcasm thus equating the song with a typical poem. This therefore creates a question on whether Mraz was a poet or whether he employed the services of one to create the powerful lyrics. The effectiveness in the use of these elements has been revealed by the song’s rise to popularity, its liking by the audience, emphasis of the message and its general appeal to the audience. This teaches artists one key lesson: that they should not simply produce lyrics without clear structure or organization in the name of singing. Rather, artists must organize their lyrics accordingly in order to create appeal and emphasis on the message.


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)