Short Response Paper on a songwriter or performer's use of personification, hyperbole, understatement, metonymy, or synecdoche. The songwriter/performer and popular song is your choice, but focus on the overall effect of the literary device on listeners. Tip: Keep references to viewers and listeners plural so that the nongendered plural they/their will match later in the sentence. "A listener" or "A fan" (singular) does not match "they" (always plural).
Remember that MLA system italicizes the titles of albums, but the titles of short works such as individual songs are set apart by quotation marks. For example, "Yellow Light" is a song on the album My Head Is an Animal by the Icelandic band Of Monsters and Men.

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At the risk of ignoring “The Gambler’s” advice and not knowing “…when to fold ‘em” (Schlitz), this brief paper argues that the Schlitz and Rogers classic owes much of its lyrical impact to how it blurs the line between metonymy and synecdoche. Synecdoche and metonymy are first explained briefly, to set up the argument that follows.

Strictly speaking, synecdoche and metonymy are sharply distinct songwriting tropes. While both are forms of symbolic substitution (Davis), they differ in how that substitution is carried out....

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