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Literary Elements In Rock And Heavy Metal

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University of SarajevoFaculty of PhilosophyEnglish DepartmentPORTFOLIOTopics:Literary Elements in Rock and Heavy Metal MusicTribes in BritainStudent: Bojana Ramić (SF) Domagoj Bagarić (SF) Mentor:Mr. Nejla KalajdžisalihovićSarajevo, May 2014Literary Elements in Rock and Heavy Metal Music1.1IntroductionEven thought rock and heavy music was already widespread and popular worldwide back in the 70's and 80's, that is not the situation these days. Today some other genres are popular, and these two kinds of music are mostly a good path for stereotypes. One of the most common stereotypes is that fans of heavy music are "savages" worshiping Satan, drink a lot, and such things. The music is called brutal and noisy, even very primitive, but there is a completely different approach to it. A lot of people are unfamiliar with fact, that most of these songs have a very rich context. And speaking of that, we come to literature elements in rock in heavy metal music. 1.2Literary Elements in Rock and Heavy Metal Music in GeneralThe best example for that surely can be fact that at West Texas A&M University, Professor Martin Jacobsen teaches "Introduction to Literature: Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre". There are numerous examples for this topic, depending on which subgenre of metal music you like, for example clearly Steve Harris and Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden are very familiar with literature. Rush and Dream Theater in prog metal use literary themes and models (like Ayn Rand's ideas in 2112 or the Hamlet motif in DT's "Pull Me Under" or the Metropolis suite). Movies play a huge role too, and metal artists seem to see books and movies rather equally. Iron Maiden seems especially prone to use imagery from movies, though literature and history are also clearly sources for them. Professor Jacobsen says about literary elements and heavy metal: "It's connected itself and grounded itself in literary tradition. Therefore it's reasonable to conclude that it is a form of literature as well as a form of music. In much the same way, you might say country music is a species of folklore." In this topic, we shall give ourselves freedom to write about our favorite songs, due to the fact that we are huge fans of this kind of music. So, we will start with our favorite band of all time: the one and only Iron Maiden. Most of their songs are inspired by history, movies, and of course literature: "Rime of the Ancient Mariner" from the album Powerslave is their adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem of the same title; also "Lord of the Flies" from album "The X factor" is Maiden's adaptation of a dystopian novel by Nobel Prize-winning English author William Golding; also the whole album "Seventh Son of Seventh Son" is based around the folklore concept of the seventh son of a seventh son. Bassist Steve Harris made this album after he read Orson Scott Card's "Seventh Son". Harris states, "It was our seventh studio album and I didn't have a title for it...

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