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date: 23 January 2020

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This chapter argues that song lyrics can be considered as a form of poetry, and are often characterized by poetic qualities typical of poetry. A study of names in songs can hence be considered as a form of literary onomastics. The two songs were chosen for comparative purposes, because both are characterized by a very large number of names (121 names in Joel’s song, 58 in Torr’s song). Torr uses only toponyms, but Joel, besides toponyms, also includes anthroponyms, brand names, names from the world of entertainment, and literary works of art (book names). The songs are compared in terms of their titles, poetic qualities, the connotative meanings of these names through descriptive backing, and the style of singing and impact on listeners. Both songs made a considerable contribution towards encouraging the study of names in song lyrics.

Keywords: song lyrics, literary onomastics, literary devices, connotative meaning, denotative meaning, descriptive backing

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