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"Colors Of The Wind" Analysis

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Transcript of "Colors Of The Wind" Analysis

Written by: Stephen Schwartz
"Colors Of The Wind" Analysis
There are many attributes that caused me to choose this song. The fact that it is from my favorite movie plays a large role, however this song has many wonderful qualities. The lyrics in this song go much deeper than the surface. This is something that is not easily found in many songs. I believe that this is due to the ethnicity of Pocahontas's character and the goals of John Smith and all of the other men that traveled with him. Another attractive attribute would be the rhythm of the entire thing as it is fairly easy to analyze. The voice of Pocahontas is done by a woman named Judy Kuhn. I admire the performer due to the fact that she sounds like an actual choir of angels.
Why did I Choose this song?
This song is a representation of the Native American viewpoint that Earth is a entity and that mankind is connected to it. It speaks of respect for others and the earth. The authors reason for writing it was to introduce a different viewpoint than that of John Smith. This is an emotional song for the character singing it because it is all of her beliefs about the the Earth.
Meaning?
This song has a combination of brass and string instruments to portray an old fashioned yet expressive tone. When the song begins, up is very serious, however turns light hearted and up-beat. Then, as it reaches the chorus, there is a substantial crescendo which provides the song with immense dramatical effect.
Instrumental Music
"You can paint with all the colors of the wind"
- This is line first appears in line 19 of the song. It is both an example of metaphor and repetition.

"Can you sing with all the voices of the mountains?"
- This first appears in line 17 and is an example of personification because mountains do not have voices.

"Come roll in all the riches all around you."
- This appears in line 22 and is an example of a metaphor.

"The rainstorm and the river are my brother's"
- This is found in line 24 and is personification.

The entire song is an example of characterization due to the fact that Pocahontas is introducing Earth as a being to John Smith.
Devices
Structure
This song is mostly anapest with some spondee sections within it. This enables the author to express certain points that they believe are important. In this song it is clear what words are more stressed and which ones are not.
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