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Imagine - John Lennon

Historical/Biographical Literary Criticism

Heather W

on 5 October 2012

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Transcript of Imagine - John Lennon

the song was written while the Vietnam War was going on
Americans were involved in the Vietnam War from 1965-1969, just before the song was released
these events could have inspired Lennon to write about "all the people sharing all the world" (line 19)
he wants us to imagine a world where nothing divides us
"We're just saying give peace a chance." said Lennon and Ono when asked about their movement against the war
Lennon was clearly against the war and desired peace Imagine John Lennon Background “In September of 1969, Lennon returned his MBE (Member of the British Empire), awarded by Queen Elizabeth to the Beatles in 1965, in protest over Great Britain's support for the Vietnam War" (John Lennon's Activism)
John Lennon's song 'Give Peace a Chance' has always been known to be the "anthem for the anti-war movement" (John Lennon's Activism).
FBI assembled arond 300 pages of files on John Lennon in 1971 - 1972 --> Part of President Nixon's effort to depart Lennon to silence him as a critic of war in Vietnam.
It wasn't a protent that is why it became popular so quickly. What is the song about? According to John Lennon, the song is "virtually the Communist Manifesto"
The song was written in October of 1971 in the U.S. during the height of the anti-war movement for the Vietnam war
It advocates living in peace with yourself and others Imagine the clouds dripping.
Dig a hole in your garden to
put them in.
1963 Spring Background "Imagine all the people living life in peace...Imagine all the people sharing all the world" (10,19) Lennon says his inspiration came
from "Cloud Piece" by Yoko Ono from "Grapefruit": Although the song was written during the Vietnam war the song was not written in response to a certain event.
It was in response to the world situation at the time and how Lennon viewed the world.
This included the Vietnam war, the cold war and communism. Biography What is the song about? Lennon's work fighting for peace and an end to the Vietnam War struck a chord with a whole generation," says Bill Harry, author of The John Lennon Encyclopaedia. Johns Lennon's name will always be synonymous with peace and political activism
His song "Give Peace a Chance" remains an anthem for the anti-war movement and probably always will
In September of 1969, Lennon returned his Member of the British Empire (MBE) awarded by Queen Elizabeth to the Beatles in 1965, in protest over Great Britain's support for the Vietnam War.
John Lennon
Connected After their marriage in March 1969, John and Yoko staged a "bed-in for peace" at the Amsterdam Hilton. It was a their second bed-in in Montreal in June of 1969 that Lennon recorded "Give Peace a Chance". The song was sung by a half a million Vietnam War protestors at the second Vietnam Moratorium Day in October 1969 in Washington, D.C.
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