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Analytical Essay About A Song

The Perfect Song Analysis Essay

Many people may not think so but a song may be difficult to analyze. The difficult comes in as many people may think a song is music but not, should be like poetry. Music adds another layer of meaning to a song as it is full of literary devices and figurative language. Do not just pay attention to the lyrics alone when writing an essay about a song. Melody in a song just tries to modify the meaning played along with the words. A song should have good language since it can also deliver a message. here is how to write a song analysis paper

Steps to guide you when writing a song analysis essay

  • Take time and Listen to the song a few times. Do not think too much about stylistic specifics rather take few minute to listen to the song then write down how the song affects you. Discuss the feeling that you get from the song. Discuss the central theme or the message you get.
  • For you to scrutinize the song lyrics more closely get a printout of your song. Consider how the words have been literally scoured, their use, and their effect to the meaning and feel of the song. A songwriter can communicate frustration using song lyric over being down played in a certain deal. Listen to the song again with your list of lyric observations in front of you. Check how the music lines are relating with words. Analyze how the song details enrich the meaning of the lyrics and contribute to the effects of poetic devices as you take notes.
  • Research the historical, social and political context of the song. Check if your music is displaying a life experience, world events and the knowledge within, and prevailing attitudes. This might affect your interpretation in quite a big way.

Within the context of the entire album, take the song and study it carefully. Analyze if the artist chose a deliberate progression of songs to convey a message as you closely look at the order of the tune and the words used.

  • Using the observations you've gathered, look for a common thread that ties them together. Link your detailed observations to connect your general impression of the song with detailed that you have gathered. The thesis of your essay is in the conclusion part. Identify a specific example that you'll use to support your argument. Eliminate some content to check out the length of your essay.
    • Using the regular conventions of essay writing and factor in any special instructions that you have been given, draft your paper. Briefly state your thesis and make an outline your main arguments in the introduction. In the body of your essay discuss your main points. Finally proof read your work.

In this first major essay of the semester, you will analyze the kairos and rhetorical situation (speaker, occasion, audience, and presuppositions) of a song. Put simply, your task is to tell a story about how the song came about and what it might have meant to listeners at that time. Among other things, you might want to discuss the careers of the artist and songwriter, the state of the country music industry, and relevant world events. To help you brainstorm, I recommend that you browse the Wikipedia entries on the artist, the year in country music, and the year in world events.

The paper must be 1250-1500 words long include 4+ sources and a list of Works Cited in MLA format. Since the paper will be published on the class website (under the “Music” tab), it should discuss rhetorical concepts using the same audience-friendly language that you have been practicing in your blog posts.

Before continuing, please download the rubric.

Guidelines & Suggestions

Selecting a Song: Choose any country song that has not already been analyzed by students in previous semesters. (Note that I have altered these guidelines and that your paper will cover different ground than the earlier song analyses did.)

Format: Since they’re appearing side by side on the class website, all papers will follow the same format. Among other things, this includes embedding a video at the top of the page and printing a song analysis table at the bottom of the page.

  • Song Analysis Table: Note that this part of the assignment is due before the rough draft. We will discuss it in class in greater detail, but you will follow the directions that appear in Jocelyn Neal’s Country Music textbook.

Structure: Start with an introduction that catches the reader’s interest and includes a thesis statement that stakes a clear claim about the song’s place in the artist’s career, country music, and/or the world at the time of its release. (It’s okay to cover only one or two of these pieces, if you have enough to say about them.) In the next paragraphs, summarize the sound and content of the song and develop your remarks on its kairos and rhetorical situation. Conclude with an introduction that ties everything together.

Sources: Use 4+ sources to defend your analysis. The best sources will shed light on the song’s rhetorical situation and/or indicate how the song’s intended audience responded to it. Clearly indicate the details that you borrow from sources by using quotation marks (for direct quotes), hyperlinks (for digital sources), and parenthetical references (for digital and print sources).

  • Consider using user comments as a source.

Works Cited: Include a list of Works Cited in MLA format at the bottom of the essay. See the Easy Writer textbook for the details on MLA format.

Submission: Submit your rough draft to Canvas. Post your final draft to the class website as a “Page” (not a “Post”) under the “Music” tab.

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