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High School English
Posted on April 29, 2013 at 12:19

So I thought I'd relate this story about how high school English (most importantly my senior year) basically has been found everywhere I look.

There's two main things I really enjoy using, and those are the related Metonyms and Synecdoches. I find these both to be utterly fascinating as, for the most part, they are innately understood. I first learned of both of these my senior year of high school, and didn't pay much attention. It's only been recently that I've noticed how incredibly prevalent they are and how incredibly USEFUL they are.

Another thing I learned in high school English is the iamb and the trochee. Both of these, when used in succession, create a very rhythmic beat. The iamb is an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, and the trochee is the reverse. Why is this significant? Well when used in songs it's incredibly effective in making a catchy sound. I came to this realization while listening to the following song:

The verse at 24 seconds is iambic/trochaic, and that's what makes it absolutely insanely catchy. I then began to find this pattern in several other songs such as this classic gem:

The intro verses are mostly iambic/trochaic and that's why they sound so fucking good.

I thought that was insanely clever, and if I was ever to write a song I'd make sure to make the lyrics as iambic/trochaic as possible because it's INCREDIBLY catchy and effective, and provides a beat all by itself.

I thought I'd share my thoughts on those matters.

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