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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Songs- Similes and Metaphors (Li Ying and Johanna)

A song with Similes and Metaphors

The link below leads to the song "A year without rain"
By Selena Gomez.

The lyrics in the song that leads to metaphors, similes, alliteration, personification and hyperbole are:
1) My world is an empty place
This metaphor compares the world, a world with a lot of people to the person's own 'world', meaning the person's mind and conception of the world. This tells us that the person is feeling very lonely and sad due to the insufficient number of friends.

2) Like I've wondering in the desert for a thousand days
This is a simile and hyperbole as it uses 'like' and it is exaggerating the fact that the person has wandered in the desert for a thousand days but truth to be told, it just means that the person is trying to say that he had been waiting a long time for something. Like waiting in a desert for someone, aimlessly.

3) A day without you is a day without rain
This is a hyperbole and metaphor as it is exaggerating the fact that without this person, you will not be able to live anymore, like a day without rain. If there is no rain, a drought will occur and the people will not be able to survive. This person is trying to show that without a particular person, this person will not be able to live his life anymore.

4) The stars are burning
This is a hyperbole as it is a exaggeration. Stars do not really burn, they produce light instead. This is to show the person's feelings of sorrow and loss.

5) My heart is yearning
This is a hyperbole and a form of personification as hearts do not yearn. This is to show that the person is having an intense feeling of loss or lack and longing for something.

6) Like the ocean is running dry
This is a simile as it uses the word 'like' and it compares the ocean with the person's feelings of sorrow. The ocean is running dry shows that the world is going to end is compared with the person's feelings of loss and sorrow.

7) It is the ground crumbling underneath my feet
This is a metaphor which compares the ground crumbling underneath one's feet, meaning one's world is going to end soon and it compares the person is feelings of sorrow and fear, and he wants to get the other person to help him.


  1. Replies
    1. They do not burn every day, maybe occasionally.. But not that often

  2. Nuclear fusion.

    Stars are very dense. As such, their gravitational pull is immense. This causes the atoms in stars to be pulled very close to each other. As they get closer and closer, any electrons that may be around the nucleus of the atoms gain more and more energy and eventually are far enough away that the nucleus of the atoms can interact. Because gravity is still pulling these atoms close together, eventually these nuclei are close enough to start to interact.

    In a nucleus there are two different particles, protons and neutrons. Neutrons have a neutral charge and protons have a positive charge. If you have ever played with magnets, you know that like poles push away from each other and that different poles attract. That is, two north poles repel and a north and south pole attract. This is a consequence of like charges repelling. Since protons have the same charge they like to repel each other. But gravity is also pulling them together. Eventually gravity wins and the protons get close enough together for something spectacular to occur.

    At this point, I think it necessary to give some names to a few of the forces that are interacting. I have already talked about gravity. This is a force that, to our current knowledge, always attracts. Another force is the repulsion of like charges. This is called a Coulombic force. There is a third force that is present in stars, and it is this which I will talk about next.

    As the protons get close enough to each other, this third force begins to take effect. This is called the strong nuclear force. This force is VERY powerful, but only operates over VERY short distances. Gravity and the Coulombic force operate over ALL distances. No matter how close or how far apart, gravity and the coulombic force are always present. As distance increases, these forces become smaller and so at very large distances they have a very small value, sometimes it is small enough that you can consider it to be zero.

    The strong nuclear force is what holds the nucleus of an atom together. It is strong enough to overcome the repulsion of like charges but only when they are close enough together for the strong force to be present. So, as gravity pulls the protons closer together eventually they are close enough to be held together.

    This configuration of two protons has less energy than two protons by themselves. This excess energy, due to conservation of energy, must be released. The energy takes the form of light, which is the burning of stars.

  3. A star is a massive, luminous sphere of plasma held together by gravity. The nearest star to Earth is the Sun, which is the source of most of the energy on the planet. Some other stars are visible from Earth during the night when they are not obscured by atmospheric phenomena, appearing as a multitude of fixed luminous points because of their immense distance. Historically, the most prominent stars on the celestial sphere were grouped together into constellations and asterisms, and the brightest stars gained proper names. Extensive catalogues of stars have been assembled by astronomers, which provide standardized star designations.
    For at least a portion of its life, a star shines due to thermonuclear fusion of hydrogen into helium in its core, releasing energy that traverses the star's interior and then radiates into outer space. Once a star's hydrogen is nearly exhausted, almost all naturally occurring elements heavier than helium are created, either via stellar nucleosynthesis during their lifetimes or by supernova nucleosynthesis when very massive stars explode. Near the end of its life, a star can also contain a proportion of degenerate matter. Astronomers can determine the mass, age, metallicity (chemical composition), and many other properties of a star by observing its motion through space, luminosity, and spectrum respectively. The total mass of a star is the principal determinant in its evolution and eventual fate. Other characteristics of a star are determined by its evolutionary history, including diameter, rotation, movement and temperature. A plot of the temperature of many stars against their luminosities, known as a Hertzsprung–Russell diagram (H–R diagram), allows the age and evolutionary state of a star to be determined.
    A star begins as a collapsing cloud of material composed primarily of hydrogen, along with helium and trace amounts of heavier elements. Once the stellar core is sufficiently dense, hydrogen becomes steadily converted into helium through nuclear fusion, releasing energy in the process.[1] The remainder of the star's interior carries energy away from the core through a combination of radiative and convective processes. The star's internal pressure prevents it from collapsing further under its own gravity. Once the hydrogen fuel at the core is exhausted, a star with at least 0.4 times the mass of the Sun[2] expands to become a red giant, in some cases fusing heavier elements at the core or in shells around the core. The star then evolves into a degenerate form, recycling a portion of its matter into the interstellar environment, where it will form a new generation of stars with a higher proportion of heavy elements.[3] Meanwhile, the core becomes a stellar remnant: a white dwarf, a neutron star, or (if it is sufficiently massive) a black hole.
    Binary and multi-star systems consist of two or more stars that are gravitationally bound, and generally move around each other in stable orbits. When two such stars have a relatively close orbit, their gravitational interaction can have a significant impact on their evolution.[4] Stars can form part of a much larger gravitationally bound structure, such as a star cluster or a galaxy.

  4. I know, I'm just saying that stars still do not burn but instead they undergo nuclear fusion…
    Benjy, are you satisfied?

  5. You said nuclear fusion at first, your words are contradicting each other.
    Fine, thermonuclear fission

  6. no need to post more arguments