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Sanjay Srikanth - Song Book Final

Literary Device Used

Literary Device Used Rhyme Scheme Allusion Theme Tone Personification Couplet Quote “Every drop of rain that falls in the Sahara Desert says it all, It’s a miracle All God’s creations great and small, the Golden Gate and Taj Mahal, That’s a miracle” (Queen). “All God’s creations great and small, the Golden Gate and the Taj Mahal, That’s a miracle” (Queen). “It’s a miracle, we’re having a miracle on earth, Mother Nature does it all for us” (Queen). “The one thing we're all waiting for, is peace on earth and an end to war, It's a miracle we need…. Peace on earth and end to war today, That time will come one day you'll see when we can all be friends" (Queen). “If every leaf on every tree could tell a story that would be a miracle” (Queen). “If every child on every street, had clothes to wear and food to eat” (Queen). The Miracle: Literary Devices Explain Device (Why is the quote a simile?) This is an AABAAB rhyme scheme. “Falls,” “all,” “small,” and “Mahal” rhyme, and “miracle” obviously rhymes with “miracle.” This quote is referring to structures that exists, therefore it’s an allusion. The structures being referenced are Golden Gate in California and the Taj Mahal on the other side of the world in India. It is evident from the lyrics that theme of the song is about miracles on earth (small or big) and that Mother Nature is the biggest creator of miracles. Here, the writers are expressing their feeling about wanting one more miracle, that is peace on earth and end to the wars. Since it is their feeling and wanting, it sets the tone. The leaves on trees are not really telling stories; they are being personified. The words “street” and “eat” rhyme and they are in sequence, so this a couplet. Interpret the meaning (What does the artist mean by this line?) The passage states that all the matter that exists in the universe is God’s creation and is a “miracle.” Rain falling in Sahara Desert is a miracle because it’s a dry desert. Even man-made structures such as the Taj Mahal and Golden Gate are miracles because of the beauty and architectural difficulty behind building such structures. The passage is intended to state that all “God’s creations” in the world, whether big or small, from California to India, are a miracle. The writers are conveying that life is full of miracles. Some miracles are small, and some are big. Even things like being able to enjoy a cup of tea on Sunday mornings is a miracle, so is open heart surgery. The writers are trying to get the readers to recognize and appreciate the everyday miracles of life. The writers are hoping for one more miracle, peace on earth and end to war. They think that one day everyone will be friends with each other. They mean that at some time in future, people will start fighting with each other and live in harmony. Leaves, despite being living, are unable to tell stories because they cannot talk or write. If leaves could talk or write, they could tell stories of their lives, which would be a miracle. The artists are hoping for more miracles where children would not have to go hungry and would have clothes to wear. 3

1. Describe the plot of your song (what is your song about). The Miracle: Plot and Theme “The Miracle” by Queen is about miracles of life. The song describes several of “God’s creations,” such as buildings like Taj Mahal and Golden Gate Bridge as well as people like Captain Cook and Jimi Hendrix as “miracles.” Taj Mahal and Golden Gate bridge are miracles because they are architectural wonders. Captain Cook was an eighteenth-century explorer who sailed across unchartered areas of globe. Jimi Hendrix was a gifted guitarist. The also describes open heart surgery and everyday things such as a cup of tea as miracles. The plot of the song is about life’s miracles that we have experienced and waiting for one more miracle of “peace on earth.” 2. What is the theme of your song? Why is this a possible theme? Provide one properly cited quote to support your theme. YOU MUST EXPLAIN HOW YOUR QUOTE SUPPORTS/PROVES THAT YOUR THEME IS ACCURATE. The theme of the song is recognizing and appreciating the wonders of life, small or big. These wonders, described as miracles in the song are either created by Mother Nature or God. The song starts with “every drop of rain that fall in Sahara Desert says it all” (Queen). Sahara Desert is one of the driest places on our planet, but it does rain there. Such a rain is a “miracle” as it is not expected in this type of arid region. The other miracles described in the song are “open hearts and surgery, Sunday mornings with a cup of tea” (Queen). Open heart surgeries are truly a miracle as a machine takes over the function of heart and lungs while a surgeon repairs a heart. This has saved many human lives. The writers’ recognition of having a cup of tea on Sunday mornings as miracle makes sense too. Human beings live in such a fastpaced world these days that we are no longer enjoying simple pleasures of life such as relaxed morning sipping a cup of tea. Hence, when one finds time for such small activities, it gives one immense pleasure and that is indeed a miracle. 4

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