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eric sirois

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Transcript of lyrics and poetry

Literary work in which the expression of feelings and ideas is given intensity by the use of distinctive style and rhythm;
A piece of writing that partakes of the nature of both speech and song that is nearly always rhythmical, usually metaphorical, and often exhibits such formal elements as meter, rhyme, and stanzaic structure.
A short poem or other set of words set to music or meant to be sung
1.A lyric poem or verse
2.Lyric poetry as a literary genre
3.The words of a song
Verbal Expression
Poetic devices
Types of Poems
Types of songs
Acrostic: poetry in which the first letter of each line, when read vertically, spell out a word. The word is usually the subject of the poem.

As I eat it on my brownie
Not doubting it's sweet
Ice cream is a tasty treat
Lots of lingering taste
Lasting to the end
Always my favorite!
Haiku: an ancient Japanese form with no rhyme. Haiku often deal with nature. This type of poetry has three lines with a fixed number of syllables:
Line 1= 5 syllables
Line 2= 7 syllables
Line 3= 5 syllables

The dying plant bends
And drips its dew to the ground
It falls like a tear
Couplets: two-line poems with a fun and simple rhyming pattern. Each line has the same meter and their endings rhyme with one another. Couplets are often humorous.

My English teacher wants me to use imagination
So I go to math class and let my mind go on vacation!
Sonnets: poems of 14 lines that begin with three quatrains and end with a couplet. The couplet usually contains a surprise ending or "turn." William Shakespeare is one of the most famous sonnet writers in history.

Why do we continue to kill in various ways?
Why do we waste time with jealousy and hate?
Why not take advantage of the current date?
Stop the violence now, don't let it grow.

Love is important, a fact that we all know.
As the fires of hate continue to burn
The hands of clock continue to turn.
No one can find reason to our madness today.

The gift of life is extremely short
Demand no more violence of any sort!
With kindness, life's quality we can improve!
As those hands on the clock continue to move.

Day becomes night and night becomes day
The hands of the clock keep ticking away.
Free Verse: Free Verse is a form of Poetry composed of either rhymed or unrhymed lines that have no set fixed metrical pattern. The early 20th-century poets were the first to write what they called "free verse" which allowed them to break from the formula and rigidity of traditional poetry

Extracts from 'Song of Myself'
by Walt Whitman

I celebrate myself, and sing myself,
And what I assume you shall assume,
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.
I loaf and invite my soul,
I lean and loaf at my ease observing a spear of summer grass
Folk Song:a song originating among the people of a country or area, passed by oral tradition from one singer or generation to the next, often existing in several versions, and marked generally by simple, modal melody and stanzaic, narrative verse.
Blues: A song, originating with American blacks, that is marked by the frequent occurrence of blue notes, and that takes the basic form, customarily improvised upon in performance, of a 12-bar chorus consisting of a 3-line stanza with the second line repeating the first.
Rock n' Roll: A style of popular music that derives in part from blues and folk music and is marked by a heavily accented beat and a simple, repetitive phrase structure.
Heavy Metal: A type of rock music characterized by a strong beat and amplified instrumental effects, sometimes with violent, nihilistic, or misogynistic lyrics
Did you know?

This song is inspired by a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
1772--1834, English Romantic poet and critic, noted for poems such as The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798).
Rap or Hip-Hop: A form of pop music characterized by spoken or chanted rhymed lyrics, with a syncopated, repetitive accompaniment. Rap music originated in the second half of the twentieth century in black urban communities.
Pop music: (a term that originally derives from an abbreviation of "popular") is usually understood to be commercially recorded music, often oriented towards a youth market, usually consisting of relatively short, simple songs utilizing technological innovations to produce new variations on existing themes. Pop music has absorbed influences from most other forms of popular music, but as a genre is particularly associated with the rock and roll and later rock style.
Poetic Devices:
alliteration, irony, paradox, allusion, hyperbole, metaphor, personification, assonance, couplet, imagery, onomatopoeia, simile.
Will.I.Am It's A New Day

It's a new day
It's a new day
It's a new day
It's a new day

It's been a long time coming
Up the mountain kept runnin'
Souls of freedom kept hummin'
Channeling Harriet Tubman

Kennedy, Lincoln, and King
We gotta invest in that dream
It feels like we're swimming upstream
It feels like we're stuck inbetween
A rock and a hard place,
We've been through the heartaches
And lived through the darkest days

If you and I made it this far,
Well then hey, we can make it all the way
And they said no we can't
And we said yes we can
Remember it's you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling alright
I've been fightin' for tomorrow
All my life
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
Cause the dreams that I've been dreaming
Have finally came true

It's a new day
(it's a new day)
It's a new day
(it's a new day)
It's a new day
It's a new day!

It's been a long time waitin'
Waiting for this moment
It's been a long time praying
Praying for this moment

We hope for this moment
And now that we own it
For life I will hold it
And I ain't gonna let it go

It's for fathers, our brothers,
Our friends who fought for freedom
Our sisters, our mothers,
Who died for us to be in this moment

Stop and cherish this moment
Stop and cherish this time

It's time for unity
For us and we
That's you and me together

I woke up this morning
Feeling brand new
Cause the dreams that I've been dreaming
Have finally came true
Yea, I woke up this morning
Feeling alright

'Cause we weren't fighting for nothing
And the soldiers weren't fighting
For nothing
No, Martin wasn't dreaming for nothing
And Lincoln didn't change it for nothing
And children weren't crying for nothing

It's a new day
It's a new day
A new day
It's a new day
It's a new day
... so what do poetry and songs have in common?
What tools do poets and song writers share?
Poetic Devices
Alliteration: refers to the repetition of a particular sound in the first syllables of a series of words and/or phrases;

Great green gobs of greasy grimy gopher guts.
Irony: The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning;
A woman going on and on about animal rights and how it is wrong to hurt animals while she is wearing a fur coat
Paradox: A statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth;
`I always lie' is a paradox because if it is true then it must be false.
Allusion: a brief reference, explicit or indirect, to a person, place or event, or to another literary work or passage.
"I was not born in a manger. I was actually born on Krypton and sent here by my father, Jor-el, to save the Planet Earth." (Senator Barack Obama, speech at a fund-raiser for Catholic charities, October 16, 2008)
Hyperbole: is the use of exaggeration as a rhetorical device or figure of speech.
I have been waiting an eternity.
Metaphor: Is when you use two nouns and compare or contrast them to one another.
Love is a fruit, in season at all times and within the reach of every hand. Anyone may gather it and no limit is set. (Mother Teresa, No Greater Love, 1997)
Personification: When an inanimate object or abstraction is endowed with human qualities or abilities.
The wind wrapped itself around me; the lights winked in the distance.
Assonance: Identity or similarity in sound between internal vowels in neighboring words. Examples:
• "If I bleat when I speak it's because I just got . . . fleeced." (Al Swearengen in Deadwood, 2004),

• "Flash with a rash gimme my cash flickin' my ash
Runnin with my money, son, go out with a blast." (Busta Rhymes, "Gimme Some More")
Couplet or Quatrain (quatrain when four verses) : A pair of lines of meter in poetry. It usually consists of two lines that rhyme and have the same meter.
Burgers, prunes, and warm spaghetti
To eat this stuff I'm not ready
Imagery: It is a collection of images. It is the usage of details and descriptions in order to create a sensory (sight, auditory, olfactory, taste, touch) experience for the reader.
I lay still and took another minute to smell: I smelled the warm, sweet, all-pervasive smell of silage, as well as the sour dirty laundry spilling over the basket in the hall.
Onomatopoeia: the formation of words whose sound is imitative of the sound of the noise or action designated, such as hiss, buzz, sizzle, woof and bang
Simile: A figure of speech that indirectly compares two different things by employing the words "like", or "as".
My love is like a red, red rose, or
You were as brave as a lion.
Let's see what poetic devices are being used in Will I Am's song A New Day!
Quatrain; Rhyme and Meter
Allusion: Refering to Martin Luther King’s “I had a Dream” speech.
Allusion: Refering to Obamma’s campain slogan “Yes we can.”.
Allusion: Refering to Abraham Lincoln abolishing slavery in 1863.
Now try it with the lyrics to the song you have chosen and share it with the class.
Andy Griffith and Joanna Moore singing
Down in the Valley (Traditional folk song)
B.B. King singing
How Blue Can You Get?
Iron Maiden
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
Tupac singing
Katy Perry singing
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