Poetic Analysis Of Song Lyric

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1Poetic Analysis of Song LyricsI chose "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" by lyricists and lead singer of the Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan as my song for the poetic analysis essay. I seemed to identify with the song the first time I heard it on the radio. The lyrics describe how many teens felt growing up in the 1990's, myself included, hating everything around us and facing adulthood with hopes that some contentment in life will come."Bullet with Butterfly Wings" is one of those songs that make you shake your head when you really listen to the lyrics. The mood of the song is dark and filled with rage. Billy Corgan as a lyricist draws you into his world of thumping darkness, into a dark dungeon with a possible exit in the ceiling, the skies above, though gray, may offer up a chance to get out. In his lyric "the world is a vampire, sent to drain," he is telling us we are drained, every day. That external forces are draining us of everything, even though we are struggling to succeed and define our lives. He even, through his lyrics, implies that we don't want to escape the darkness, that we may have created it ourselves. The tone of the song or overall feeling is horrific and macabre with the ending chorus of "and still I cannot be saved" almost desperate and pleading. Throughout the song, Corgan has pronounced his frustration with the fact the he is destined to be damned. The progression of the song takes us from being very frustrated with our position in life and "the hand we've been dealt" so to speak, but by the end of the song in the lyric "tell me I'm the chosen one" there is a sense of acceptance and that acceptance slowly turns into something to own and be proud of, a very valuable life lesson. (Rock,rapgenius.com). In this essay I will endeavor to show how Mr. Corban uses simile, metaphor, and symbolism in his song "Bullet with Butterfly Wings" as poetic devices to convey his message of his own personal struggle within the music industry and also relate to his listeners with a broader meaning of their own personal life struggles.The first line of the song, "The world is a vampire, sent to drain" symbolizes the world as a monster, a vampire that's sole purpose is here to take everything away that we have dreamed of or worked towards. Corgan is driving home the point that no matter how hard you may try, it will never be enough, as the world (vampire) is going to take it away or drain it all from you. (rock.rapgenius.com). For Corgan personally, I believe he is explaining the trade-off between his art and commerce, in line two "Secret Destroyers" symbolize for him the critics, executives and the like using him and making him betray his art, just for the alternative movement and fame.(songfacts.com) as described in line 4 "Betrayed desires, and a piece of the game".Line 18 "Despite all my rage, I'm still just a rat in a cage" is a metaphor, stating that no matter how mad one might be about their life situation, they are still just trapped in the...

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