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Cats In The Cradle

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Ariel Tan

on 13 June 2014

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Transcript of Cats In The Cradle

"Cats
In The
Cradle"
~ Intended Audience ~
Cats
In The Cradle

The effect of the poetic devices on the song are:
*Allusion:
The effect Allusion has on the song is referring to childhood games (Cat's in the cradle), christening gifts (silver spoons) and nursery rhymes (Little boy blue and the man on the moon). The constant allusion to childhood reinforces the regret that the father feels because his actions effect his son's childhood and the way he now lives his life.
*Repetition:
The repetition of the sentence
"I'm gonna be like you, dad. You know I'm gonna be like you"
in the song creates a tone of sadness and anger towards the son. It makes the listener not want the son to be like his father.

The
Effect
of Poetic Conventions on the Song
* Poetic Conventions *
*T
h
e
m
e
s*

YouTube video
~ Harry Chapin ~
*
Folk-Rock genre,
originally written in 1974
* The song lyrics began as a poem written by Harry's wife,
Sandy

* Inspired by the awkward relationship between her first husband, and his father
* Harry also said the song was about his own relationship with his son, Josh and admitted:
"Frankly, this song scared me to death"
~ This song is aimed at families who have similar relationships to the one portrayed in the song
~ The song
triggers

the minds of listeners to start thinking about their own family and whether career is more important than family in their lives
~ The song is a
'Father's nightmare' ;
the effect on every father who listens to it feels a sense of guilt and possible shame about their actions

Function of the Song
After listening to the song, the singer positions the listeners to question their attitudes and thinking.


An example of this can include:
***
Why does the father not have time not have time for his son?


*From the album Verities & Balderdash*
Tylah,
Ariel,
Maeve
&
Caitlin
Collaborated and Presented by...
Ideas that can be interpreted from the song include:

1.

Society's obsession with material-gain

2.

The importance of family

3.
How parental figures influence their children

4.
That history will only repeat itself if we don’t put in the effort to make a change.


Function of the Song
The poetic conventions used in the song 'Cat's in the cradle' by Harry Chapin are:
*Allusion:
The use of referring to things such as books or objects that everyone should know
,
in this case the song has the well known nursery rhymes (Little boy blue, Man on the moon), childhood games (Cat's in the cradle) and christening gifts (silver spoons).
*Repetition:
Is used in the song by repeating the chorus and the statement the boy makes
"I'm gonna be like you, dad You know, I'm gonna be like you"
throughout the song.
*Symbolism:
Little boy blue
symbolizes the boy in the song and blue is a symbol of sadness, creating a feeling of sadness in the boy.
Man on the moon
symbolizes the father in the song and the moon is a symbol of how far away he is from his life at home and his family.
*Alliteration
:

C
at's in the

c
radle,

s
ilver
s
poon, little

b
oy

b
lue and the
m
an on the

m
oon are all examples of alliteration in the song.
Maybe the rise in
consumption
has something to do with it. The father probably didn't have time for his son because he valued
work and money
more than he did their
relationship
. This isn't something new! Our society is so preoccupied with
material
gain, money and work, that we have forgotten the
importance
of family unity. Much like the father in this song has...
This song is a wake up call to
society
. We must get our priorities right and value the important things in life: family and
friendship.
Harry Chapin and his "dancing boy"
Josh
...Thanks for watching!!
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