The Use of Metaphors in Modern Sinhala Song (Based on Three Selected Lyricists)


  • H. K. C. K. Ranaweera Department of Sinhala, Facalty of Arts, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka


The song is used to describe vocabulary composed with the purpose of singing.  Language is the main medium of poetry and song. Due to the brevity unique to the song, the lyricist does not have the same freedom of language as a poet. Therefore, the use of language is a strong challenge for a lyricist. This linguistic challenge is compounded by the fact that the composition must conform to an audio medium such as a song, as well as under the relevant limitations of the song. The successful writer does not break these technical limitations but successfully overcomes them as in the use of language. The uniqueness of the language used in a high-quality lyric becomes a powerful factor in determining the overall success of the composition. Thus, a lyricist gets a great relief from the use of poetry in creating successful creations by combining a group of ideas in a limited number of words. The purpose of this research paper was to examine the nature of the use of metaphors in modern Sinhala songs. How did the use of metaphor help in creating meaningful lyrics? Is the research problem of this study. Using the works of lyricists Lution Bulathsinghala, Sunil Sarath Perera and Rathna Sri Wijesinghe as the primary source. Content analysis method has been used under qualitative data analysis method for this research and Library study method was used in data collection.  The conclusion that can be reached from this study was that the use of metaphor has made a significant contribution in the creation of meaning in the art form of song as well as in providing creative excellence.