• Johanes Tate Bora Universitas Mahasaraswati Denpasar
  • I Gusti Ayu Mahatma Agung Universitas Mahasaraswati Denpasar



figurative language, Give Me Love, lyrics, song


Figurative language is a language intended to create images, associations, or other effects in the minds of readers or listeners that go beyond the literal meaning of words. Although figurative language is often used to enhance the beauty of a song lyrics, not everyone who listens to a song can comprehend the message being sent. Misunderstanding can result from an improper understanding of figurative language. Therefore, this study aims to analyze the types and meanings of figurative language in a song entitled "Give Me Love" by Ed Sheeran. This study used a descriptive qualitative approach to collect the data and identify the figurative language contained in the lyrics of “Give Me Love”. The data were analyzed using the theory of figurative language by Johnson & Arp (2018) and Knickerbocker & Reninger (1963). The finding of this study shows that "Give Me Love" consists of 7 types of figurative language, namely simile, personification, hyperbole, metaphor, irony, synecdoche, and metonymy. Based on the analysis of the meaning, it can be concluded that figurative language can be used to convey messages in spoken and written form. Figurative language is very important in song lyrics to enhance the beauty of the song and convey the message to listeners.


Aman, S., Pratiwi, D. P. E., & Suastini, N. W. (2022). Discovering the Intended Meaning of Figurative Languages in Damian Marley’s Song Lyrics. ELYSIAN JOURNAL: English Literature, Linguistics and Translation Studies, 2(2), 137–147.

Astuti, S. A. W. (2020). A Syntactic Analysis on Noun Phrase Used in English Song by Ed Sheeran Album. Channing: Journal of English Language Education and Literature, 5(2), 52–56.

Brand, C. O., Acerbi, A., & Mesoudi, A. (2019). Cultural evolution of emotional expression in 50 years of song lyrics. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 1, e11.

Damayanti, N. L. P. T., & Agung, I. G. A. M. (2022). An Analysis of Figurative Language in Selected Ariana Grande Songs. PROJECT (Professional Journal of English Education), 5(6), 1248–1257.

Danziger, E. (2020). The thought that counts: interactional consequences of variation in cultural theories of meaning. In Roots of human sociality (pp. 259–278). Routledge.

Fitria, T. N. (2018). Figurative Language Used in One Direction’s Album Entitled Up All Night. Elite : English and Literature Journal, 05(01), 69–79.

Hanisfi, I., Lestari, S. D., & Wageyono, W. (2022). An Analysis of Figurative Language of Song Lyrics of Adele’s Album Entitled “25.” LUNAR (Language and Art), 6(2), 435–451.

Hulu, D. A., Sembiring, E. N., & Tarigan, N. W. P. (2021). An Analysis of Figurative Language in Ariana Grande’s Album “Thank U, Next.” Linguistic, English Education and Art (LEEA) Journal, 4(2), 317–327.

Johnson, G., & Arp, T. R. (2018). Perrine’s Literature: Structure, Sound & Sense, Thirteenth Edition (13th ed.). Boston: Cengage Learning.

Kasma, S., Utami, N. M. V., & Jayantini, I. G. A. S. R. (2021). An Analysis of Figurative Language in CNN International News Headlines Post on Facebook. Jurnal Fakultas Sastra Universitas Gresik, 1(3), 75–84.

Melly, M., & Hilman, E. H. (2022). An Analysis of Figurative Language in Novel Paper Towns by John Green. PROJECT (Professional Journal of English Education), 5(6), 1223–1230.

Pangestu, M., Buansari, I., & Alifiah, S. (2022). ANALYSIS OF FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE IN SONG LYRICS “MY EVERYTHING” BY ARIANA GRANDE. Akrab Juara: Jurnal Ilmu-Ilmu Sosial, 7(2), 130–136.

Prandi, M. (2017). Conceptual conflicts in metaphors and figurative language. Routledge.

Putri, A. A., Molla, N. L., & Jamaludin, S. (2022). An Analysis Of Figurative Language And Imagery In Dua Lipa’s Song “Levitating.” PROJECT (Professional Journal of English Education), 5(6), 1156–1165.

Ramadhan, V. E. A. (2022). The Use of Figurative Language in Maybelline New York Slogan Advertisement. Elite Journal : International Journal of Education, Language, and Literature, 2(1), 1–13.

Simatupang, N. A., & Supri, I. Z. (2022). Figurative Language in Song Lyrics of the Essential Album by John Denver: Semantics Study. Ethical Lingua: Journal of Language Teaching and Literature, 9(1), 241–246.


Teovila, E., Winarta, I. bagus G. N., & Ariyaningsih, N. N. D. (2022). An Analysis of Language Style Presenting Moral Values Found in Rainbow Troops Novel. Elysian Journal, 2(1), 1–10.

Thibodeau, P. H., Matlock, T., & Flusberg, S. J. (2019). The role of metaphor in communication and thought. Language and Linguistics Compass, 13(5), e12327.

Tiarawati, A. E., & Ningsih, T. W. R. (2019). Figurative Language Analysis on the Ugly Love Novel by Colleen Hoover. Journal of Language and Literature, 7(2), 80–89.

Van Thao, N. (2021). An Analysis of Idiomatic Expressions Found in Ed Sheeran’s Selected Lyrics Songs. Central Asian Journal of Literature, Philosophy and Culture, 2(1), 12–18.

Yansyah, H., Arifin, M. B., & Setyowati, R. (2022). FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE IN SONG LYRICS IN ED SHEERAN’S DIVIDE ALBUM. Ilmu Budaya: Jurnal Bahasa, Sastra, Seni Dan Budaya, 6(3), 802–819.



Abstract views: 113 , PDF Downloads: 263