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The Times They Are A-Changing

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Brandt Huston

on 24 November 2015

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Transcript of The Times They Are A-Changing

The Times They Are A-Changing
By: Bob Dylan
Lyrics in literal sense
The literal meaning of this song is that time is changing and things are going to be different. This song also implies on how things in the world have gotten out of hand. Dylan also says how people that are in power should not try to stop this.
The greater connection
The greater meaning of the poem is inevitability and how time is always moving and things are always changing. This is seen in the last line when the lyrics say:"The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast"(Dylan). This line shows how whatever is coming in the future is set and cannot be stopped.
And admit that the waters around you have grown
What is happening now is becoming over our heads and beyond our control
The water is rising around a person
Come senators, congressmen, please head the call. Don't stand in the doorway, don't block up the hall
Don't let our leaders get in the way of what is coming
Congressmen and senators physically are standing in the doorway or blocking the halls
Tone of the song
The tone of the poem is inevitability and revolutionary. Dylan does this through repeated lines of: "The times they are a-changing"(Dylan). The tone is consistent throughout the song.
Figurative language
"the wheel's still in spin. And there's no telling who that it's naming" - Personification
"you'll be drenched to the bone" - Hyperbole
"The line, it is drawn, the curse, it is cast" - Metaphor
Figurative language is import to add to text as it keeps the reader/listener more attentive to the text and it can also help drive a point deeper.
Rhyme scheme
The rhyme scheme of "The Times, They Are A-Changing" is A,A,A,B,A,B
Stanza Length
"There's a BATTLE outside and it's ragin'"(Dylan)
The battle that is being spoke of is a reference to the Vietnam war that was taking place at the time
The Speakers Point of View
The Vietnam war was taking place during this time and many things were changing throughout the world. Dylan was trying to get that point across in his song. He was trying to tell people that they needed to be ready for what was coming.
Meter of First Stanza

Come gather round people wherever you roam

And admit that the waters around you have grown

And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone

If your time to you is worth saving

Then you'd better start swimming or you'll sink like a stone

For the times, they are a-changing
Trochaic Pentameter
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