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Poem Analysis

The poem I analyzed was called The Pulley by George Herbert


The Pulley is about the creation of the world and the beauty of nature. Also it talks about mankind loving the world than god himself. The poem is a mythological phenomenon because the world being created is a mystery and an unusual thing to happen. The author is speaking in this poem narrating god and mankind and how mankind is treating god. Also how they are ignoring him.

The lyrics in this poem are concrete and abstract. “Then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honour, pleasure.”  The author is talking about when god created the world he created beauty, wisdom, honour, and pleasure. The author said “Bestow this jewel also on my creature, He would adore my gifts instead of me,” he is saying that mankind loved the gift more than the giver. The word choice in this poem gives the poem a complexity to the poem and makes it more interesting to read.

The tone of this poem is contemplative because it is god making the world and then is expressing his anger at mankind for not loving him for making the world. “But keep them with repining restlessness, Let him be rich and weary, that at least, If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast.” The tone does change throughout the poem in a way that the first part is peaceful and relaxing, talking about the beauty in nature. But in the second part in changes into a angry, mad tone. It is this way because god is mad and mankind for not respecting him. This poem has a closed format with stanzas and rhyme schemes. There are five stanzas each with 5 lines. Also the rhyme scheme is ABABA with an end rhyme.

In The Pulley, the poet uses figurative  language such as imagery. An example of imagery would be, “Let him be rich and weary, that at least, If goodness lead him not, yet weariness May toss him to my breast. It gives the image of mankind being tired and lost in life. The poem does have punctuation and gives the story more of a deep and quite mood. The title of the poem is The Pulley which fits into the poem. The way it fits is that, god creating the world, lifting it up. The poet tells the story well and creates a setting for the reader. The poem has detail of what is going on around the world, which draws the reader into the poem.  The poem isn’t a tense piece of literature but does have a subtle angriness to it toward the end. The poem does show that God made a wonderful and beautiful world. Also it says that god is mad at mankind as well.

Song Analysis

This is my analysis of the song I chose

Lukas Graham wrote this song because he wanted to tell a story of his life and how he wants to live a long and exciting life.

The writer chose these lyrics to tell the listeners and readers about his becoming of life; he grew up in a poor neighborhood but he calls it home, that’s why he makes songs the way he does.  This song does not have any metaphors or similes. Also the  effect this song has on the readers is to open up your eyes to a different lifestyle. Also the song is about growing old and living a happy life, surrounded by family.

The overall tone and attitude is joyful and dark at the same time.  He talks about his accomplishments which is celebratory and also talks about his story with his past.”I hope my children come and visit once or twice a month” creating a troublesome tone. The song is celebratory of all the things he accomplished. The writer uses this sadness in the song because it shows more about his past and how were all growing old.

The type of song/poem is a narrative, talking about his life. Also there is 14 stanzas in total, not in particular order, but there are quatrains. The song is a free verse having how ever many lines in each verse. These quatrain verses has two rhymes.                                                                                                                                   “It was a big big world, but we thought we were bigger
Pushing each other to the limits, we were learning quicker
By eleven smoking herb and drinking burning liquor
Never rich so we were out to make that steady figure”

The author is talking about his accomplishments and his family, past and future. The song is written because he wants to tell his story about his family in the past and future and what he has accomplished in his music career. The narrator is Lukas Graham and generally speaking towards his readers.  What the song means to me is that to live a long and happy life, he wants to live past 60 because his father died at 61 and he wanted to live longer than that because he needed to ‘pass it to believe it”