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Song analysis "Imagine"by John Lennon

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robert George

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Transcript of Song analysis "Imagine"by John Lennon

BY: Robert George
Song Analysis "Imagine" by John Lennon
“You may say
That I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one” ( John Lennon, Imagine)

These are some of the lyrics in the song "Imagine". The idea of the song is to encourage peace, and unity.

The song was written in 1971. The 1970's was during a time where things were still as a discourse, from the racism within America, to the near end of the Vietnam war, people were in a state of distrust and confusion. The purpose of the song was some like an anthem to everyone, in terms of a humanistic approach, where everyone is welcomed not by there creed or color, but as human beings.
Who is the primary audience?
What is the singer trying to get the audience to do, to think, to believe?
What's the about?
What was going on in society that would dirve a need for a song like this?
John Lennon song this song for a particular audience, and that is everyone around the world. The audience that listen to this song could be seen as people who appreciated music written by The Beatles and John Lennon, and are most likely people that are free-minded and have a reassuring care for humanity.
Through the emotional diction John Lennon presents throughout the song, it creates a sense of serenity and happiness within the individual,that the lyrics sang in "Imagine", could possibly be a reality
The purpose of the song is to show that it possible to imagine these things, and how beautifully perfect they may seem, but could it be a reality?, could it be something that the people could work and to achieve this goal?
John Lennon believed that if he could imagine this, while a man could imagine a bridge on a river bank, and for its existence could actually be possible within a matter of months, why can't everyone imagine a world without separation, but a world in which everyone is the "Brotherhood of man".
The Speaker of the Song is John Lennon, who was once in a very prestigious British band called, "The Beatles". After disbandment of the band, John Lennon lead a solo career, where he wrote other singles such as," Give peace a chance" and " Working class hero". Both of these songs are well recognized as songs that is about promoting the peace. This gave John Lennon a great amount of ethos throughout his career.
The tone of the song is sublime; he sings the song with the admiration in what he believes in, this gives a uplifting diction for him, and which makes it more pathos. The serene background with the drums and piano, gives an emotional touch, as it it soothing to the ears, this creates a deeper emotional along with his voice." Imagine all the people".
The song is mostly a reflection about the world and the current state it is leading itself into during the 1970's, in John Lennon's perspective. The organization gives a better response from the audience, since it it towards them, and not a specific person or idea. By doing this it makes the song a lot more likeable.
Point of view
John Lennon made the song for everyone, no one specific. The song was made for anyone that understands the division within the world, and the certain confusions that revolve around the world
The use of alliteration prominent within the song, the beginning of the song starts with, "Imagine", and ends the "Imagine", then the second and fourth verses begins with this word.
The use of antithesis in certain lyrics such as,"Imagine there's no heaven" and, "No hell below us". He tries to negate these two opposites in return to prove a point of it's actual necessity
John Lennon uses a lot of the problems that surrounds the world today, from poverty, to the rich and wealthy, and the separation within the world, such as religion and skin color.

example: "Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world"
(John Lennon).

Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
No religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You may say
That I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one
Work cited
"'Imagine' by John Lennon." 'Imagine' by John Lennon. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.
"John Lennon - Imagine Lyrics | SongMeanings." SongMeanings. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.
"John Lennon’s Religion and Political Views." John Lennon's Religion and Political Views. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2015.
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