Syllepsis: 2 examples from popular music

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Syllepsis: 2 examples from popular music

All I do is keep the beat and bad company—Mark Knopfler

This is an a example of syllepsis, a fun rhetorical device where you use a word—frequently a verb—in completely different senses…

Ok, that was a crap explanation. Words have different meanings, so naturally this is going to happen.

I’ll try again.

Syllepsis is when this is done in such a way that the incongruity catches your attention.

This is a good lyrical trick, because it tends to make the line memorable.

Here’s another by Sir Michael Phillip Jagger:

She blew my nose, and then she blew my mind.

By | 2016-12-14T16:02:12+00:00 June 8th, 2015|Did you know, Music, Rhetoric|0 Comments

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