Monday, February 10, 2014

The Poetry of Song: Allusion in Song Thesis Statements

Please post your thesis as a comment here. Review your peers' thesis statements and offer constructive feedback to at least 3 statements- be sure to direct your comment to a particular student. Prioritize those students who have not yet received feedback.

22 comments:

alison denekamp said...

Elton John, through his song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" alludes to the melancholic pathway that leads to the shimmering illusions of high class and falsely proclaimed ecstasy, raising the thought that addresses how such an aspired destination could be "where the dogs of society howl".

-Alison Denekamp

alison denekamp said...

Elton John, through his song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" alludes to the melancholic pathway that leads to the shimmering illusions of high class and falsely proclaimed ecstasy, raising the thought that addresses how such an aspired destination could be "where the dogs of society howl".

-Alison Denekamp

Tom Mackie said...
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Jason said...

The song "sympathy for the devil" by the rolling stones has general allusion retaining to the devil, characterization on what and where he's been, and mainly apostrophe due to the fact that hes saying "can you guess my name?".

Mr. Jacobs said...

The Rolling Stones song "Sympathy For The Devil" takes the well known persona of the eponymous devil and gives an extremely self impressed account of deeds done by the character, alluding to everything from the dark ages to the JFK and RFK assassinations the sound seems prideful characterizing the devil as a self absorbed figure yet he never says his own name always challenging the listener to guess who he is.

Michael Ready said...

Shifting through widely known historic events in "Sympathy For The Devil", the Rolling Stones allude to the darker side of religion illuminating how the devil was involved in every horrible event in history, and how he will "lay your soul to waste".
-Mike Ready

Gwen S said...

Portraying the image of various cruel actions in "Sympathy For The Devil", The Rolling Stones utilize periodic rhyme, historical allusions, and a factual narrative to display "the nature of" Satanic acts has existed since the bane of time and will be sustained forever.

Katy Johansen said...

Providing a homesick vibe to one of his most popular hits "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road", Elton Jon uses Wizard-like comparisons, futuristic predictions, and literary allusions to display that he wants to leave his "Wizard Of Oz"-like status and return to a simpler life.

emily eberle said...

Through the song, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Elton John portrays that he wants to leave his fantasy-like life and return to reality by using periodic rhyme, literary allusions, and predictions.

Anonymous said...

Elton Johns song "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" is an allusion to the book The Wizard OF Oz he compares the fantasy land of Oz to the upper classes extravagance.
-Meagan Graham

Victoria Vaphiades said...

In "The Sympathy For The Devil", The Rolling Stones allude to historical events, morbid imagery, and inconsistent rhyme to show horrible events from history.

Victoria Vaphiades said...

In "The Sympathy For The Devil", The Rolling Stones allude to historical events, morbid imagery, and inconsistent rhyme to show horrible events from history.

Jake Munoz said...

The Rolling Stones, through the use of consistent allusion in the song "Sympathy for the Devil", describes the persona of the Devil using phrases such as "I shouted out 'Who killed the Kennedy's?' When after all it was you and me" as well as what he has done in societies around the world, hinting towards wars, assassinations, and corruption.

Lizzie said...

Throughout Elton John's most popular hit, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Elton uses historical allusion, inconsistent assonance, and eye rhyme to convey the message of wanting a simpler and realistical life that lies beyond his present

Cassie Phillips said...

Making references to numerous tragic events in "Sympathy For The Devil", The Rolling Stones employ historical allusions, a unique point of view, and a morbid narrative to portray the consistent presence of evil in the past, present, and future.

Tom Mackie said...

In Elton John's son, "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" he hints at a golden trail from the setting of "The Wizard of Oz", pinches of alliteration, and ,metaphors for nostalgia.

Victoria Vaphiades said...

Tom, you picked good devices, but next time you should pick modifiers to further specify the devices you chose.

Victoria Vaphiades said...

Emily, you picked good modifiers for your first two devices, just remember to put one on all of them because you forgot one for the last device.

Jared S said...

Elton John alludes to the popular "Wizard of Oz" to construct a song about the refusal of conforming to a high class lifestyle "where the dogs of society howl", as well as his desire to transition back into his nostalgic old ways in the song "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road".

-Jared Shute

Jennifer Berard said...

In his song "Desolation Row", Bob Dylan uses an assortment of people then pairs them with different historical stories and well known quotes, in order to use forms of parody, allusion, and imagery to create a humorous and lively mixup of stories and characters.

Gwen S said...

Victoria- You used really descriptive modifiers for your devices, but try to start your thesis with an intro and then continue (with what you already wrote).
Emily- Try and start your thesis with an intro, and your devices were good, just make sure to modify them!
Jennifer- Your thesis was really well written but it was a little wordy, try and make it concise, but also keep it informative.

musicchild said...

In the song " Sympathy Of the Devil ", by the Rolling Stones they use allusion to show the horrible historical events that the devil was involved in with .