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Free Rhyming Dictionary and Lyric Writing Tools is part 12 in a series on How to Write a Song. Here we explore the tools great lyricists use. I have gathered a rhyming dictionary, a free thesaurus and an explanation of various poetic devices all in one place.
For the serious songwriter, I have also included a link to Masterwriter, which is a powerful songwriting suite of tools for lyric writing.
Use a FREE RHYMING DICTIONARY to find fresh rhymes or when your are stumped. Explore imperfect as well as perfect rhymes in the free rhyming dictionary.
Use a FREE THESAURUS to avoid cliches and to generate fresh imagery.
Just in case we have forgotten some important literary terms, I'm going to review them. Great lyricists use these devices effortlessly and naturally. They can be very handy.
Simile - comparing two things using "like" or "as".
1. Friendship is "like a bridge over troubled water" - Paul Simon
2. "Your love is like bad medicine" - Bon Jovi
3. Desire for his girlfriend is "like a freight train runnin' through the middle of my head" - Bruce Springstein
4. "Like a Rolling Stone" - Bob Dylan
5. "It seems to me you lived your life like a candle in the wind" - Elton John
Metaphor - comparing two things without using like or as
1. "Every day is a winding road" - Sheryl Crow
2. "Your body is a wonderland" - John Mayer
3. "We're just two lost sould swimming in a fish bowl" - Pink Floyd
4. "I'm a rocketman" - Elton John
5. "She was a fast machine" - AC/DC
Alliteration - is the repetition of a sound in the beginning of two or more words.
1. "Only time will tell if we stand the test of time" - Van Halen
2. "Looks like a lady" - Aerosmith
3. Helplessly hoping her harlequin hovers nearsby Awaiting a word Gasping at glimpses of gentle true spirit ... Wordlessly watching he waits by the window and wonders at the empty place inside Heartlessly helping himself to her bad dreams he worries ... Stand by the stairway you'll see something certain to tell you confusion has its cost Love isn't lying its loose in a lady who lingers saying she is lost - CSN
4. "Chickity China The Chinese Chicken" - Bare Naked Ladies
5. "We could stop for hours just staring at the stars they shine down to show us" - Jonas Brothers
Assonance - The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or prose, as in "I rose and told him of my woe." Whitman's "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" contains assonantal "I's" in the following lines: "How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick, / Till rising and gliding out I wander'd off by myself."
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