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Tupac-Changes (poetic analysis)
Transcript of Tupac-Changes (poetic analysis)
By: Ruth Estimable
period 1 Tupac has always stood out in the rap game because of his ability to be poetic while being a gangster rapper at the same time. "Changes" is one of Tupac Shakur's most famous songs. Tupac compromises his more dominant bad-boy gangster side to tackle African American social issues. In the first couple lines of the song Tupac raps "I'm tired of bein' poor and even worse I'm black, my stomach hurts, so I'm lookin' for a purse to snatch," these lines illustrate how many black people in America live in poverty and are not given as many opportunities to do right so instead they divert to being criminals just to get by. Aww yeah This song falls in the lyrical category. This song is about trying to change his life, he's saying that its hard to grow up poor and black, and commenting on the fact that the police don't seem to particularly care one way or another what happens within the black community. It also mentions how he was considering suicide as a viable option to the hell hole that his life had become, surrounded by drugs, and gangs. Anaphora: a word or phrase repeated at the start of lines "I see no changes. Wake up in the morning and I ask myself"
"I see no changes, all I see is racist faces" Rhyme: is the use of matching sound patterns in two or more words. "Don't let 'em jack you up, back you up Crack you up and pimp-smack you up" Onomatopoeia: is the formation and use of words to inmate sounds. "Rat-a-tat-tat-tat-tat!" That's the way it is
(gun shot noise) POETIC DEVICES Ballad: originally made to be sung "That's just the way it is Things'll never be the same That's just the way it is Aww yeah" Tupac repeats throughout the song that he sees no changes and truly want to see his people rise and make changes to benefit them Allusion: A reference to another text, famous person, event, etc. “It’s time to fight back, that’s what Huey said. Two shots in the dark, now Huey’s dead.” Free Verse: no identifiable rhyme or meter "We gotta make a change It's time for us as a people to start making some changes Let's change the way we eat, let's change the way we live And let's change the way we treat each other You see the old way wasn't working so it's on us to do What we gotta do to survive" Irony: the use of words to convey a meaning that is the opposite of the literal meaning “Give the crack to the kids, who the hell cares? One less hungry mouth on the welfare.” THE END!!!!!!!!!!!!! Metaphor: is a figure of speech that describes a subject by asserting that it is, on some point of comparison, the same as another other “Devil take a brother” “It’s time to fight back, that’s what Huey said. Two shots in the dark, now Huey’s dead.”