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DOI: 10.18413/2313-8912-2016-2-2-56-60

A STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF THE BEATLES’ ‘LET IT BE’

This study is a stylistic analysis of the Beatles’ song lyrics ‘Let It Be’. The aim is to explore the various stylistic devices used in the lyrics at different linguistic levels, and to see how all these stylistic features interact to make the lyrics mean what they mean. The study covers different aspects of style such as rhyme patterns at the level of sounding, and tense selection and transitivity structure at the level of wording and grammar. The analysis shows that the lyrics make use of a variety of stylistic techniques to communicate the main theme of the songs which is centered around the notion of hope; that of leaving worries behind and moving on in life, hence the name ‘Let It Be’.

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