The Language of Disney Songs: A Formalistic Analysis

Klein Mamayabay, LPT, MAED,

Higher Education Department, St. Mary's College of Tagum, Inc., Philippines

Researches have paid less attention to understanding the importance of literary elements in analytical writing. This situation has become one of the declining aspects for students who are supposed to learn beyond interpreting basic plot summary. The main purpose of this study is to employ formalistic approach to analyze the common literary elements found in the selected Disney songs, the song meaning conveyed to the intended audience, and the insights that can be derived from the meanings. 20 popular Disney songs are analyzed. The results reveal that the common literary elements including poetic patterns such as meter, stanza, and rhyme schemes found in the Disney song. Also, it is established that the poetic lines of the songs bear out imagery such as visual, auditory, tactile, and gustatory. Furthermore, figures of speech such as simile, metaphor, personification, synecdoche, metonymy, hyperbole, irony, paradox, allusion, pleonasm, anaphora, alliteration, epizeuxis, assonance, consonance, tricolon, polysyndeton, and asyndeton are used in the lines of the songs. Moreover, the meanings conveyed to intended audience and the insights drawn out from the selected Disney songs can be summarized as poetic patterns used for aesthetic, memorability and organization purposes, imagery to awaken sensory perceptions of the audience, tropes as a manner for analytical thinking and aesthetic satisfaction, and schemes as means of providing entertaining effects and emphasizing essentials. Hence, the result could be of help in amplifying the literary skills of the senior high school students on their literary-related subjects such as Philippine Literature and Creative Writing.

Keywords: English, language, Disney songs, figurative language, formalistic analysis, Philippines


The above abstract is a part of the article which was accepted at The Seventh International Conference on Languages, Linguistics, Translation and Literature (WWW.LLLD.IR), 11-12 June 2022, Ahwaz.