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Compare and ContrastStereo HeartsGym Class Heroes, 2011A Red, Red RoseRobert Burns, 1794My heart’s a stereoIt beats for you, so listen close Hear my thoughts in every note Make me your radio1O my Luve’s like a red, red roseThat’s newly sprung in June; O my Luve’s like a melody That’s sweetly play’d in tune.5And turn me up when you feel lowThis melody was meant for you5As fair2art thou, my bonnie lass,3Just sing along to my stereoSo deep in luve am I:If I was just another dusty record on the shelfAnd I will luve thee still, my dear, Till a’ the seas gang4 dry:Would you blow me off and play me like everybody else?10If I asked you to scratch my back, could you manage that?Till a’ the seas gang dry, my dear,Like yikki-yeah, check it Travie, I can handle that10And the rocks melt wi’ the sun:Furthermore, I apologize for any skipping tracksI will luve thee still, my dear,It’s just the last girl that played me left a couple cracksWhile the sands o’ life shall run.I used to, used to, used to, used to, now I’m over that15‘Cause holding grudges over love is ancient artifactsAnd fare thee well, my only LuveAnd fare thee well, a while!If I could only find a note to make you understand15And I will come again, my Luve,I’d sing it softly in your ear and grab you by the handTho’ it were ten thousand mile.Just keep it stuck inside your head, like your favorite tuneAnd know my heart’s a stereo that only plays for youLu2 fair = pret[Chorus]3 bonnie lass = p4 gang20If I was an old-school fifty pound boomboxWould you hold me on your shoulder wherever you walkWould you turn my volume up in front of the copsAnd crank it higher every time they told you to stopAnd all I ask is that you don’t get mad at me25When you have to purchase mad D batteriesAppreciate every mixtape your friends makeYou never know we come and go like on the interstateI think I finally found a note to make you understandIf you can hit it, sing along and take me by the hand30Just keep me stuck inside your head, like your favorite tuneYou know my heart’s a stereo that only plays for you[Chorus]I only pray you’ll never leave me behind (never leave me)Because good music can be so hard to find (so hard to find)I take your head and hold it closer to mine (yeah)35Thought love was dead, but now you’re changing my mind...1 Burns, a Scottish poet, uses variant spelling. ve = Love ty, lovely retty girl= go, runGym Class Heroes/Robert Burns – Compare and ContrastTo receive credit, you must answer in complete, thoughtfulQuestionssentences on a separate sheet of paper.1. Both artists use a combination of simile and metaphor in their lines. The first line of “Stereo Hearts” is a metaphor. Find and write down a simile from the lyrics. Thefirst line of “A Red, Red Rose” is a simile. Find and write down a metaphor from the poem.2. Both artists use exaggeration to emphasize the intensity of their love. Cite an example of this from each piece.3. Closely examine the rhyme scheme of each piece and explain any patterns you find. What’s interesting about the writers’ rhyme scheme choices?4. Which two lines from the Burns poem most closely echo the theme of the Gym Class Heroes song?5. In the final stanza of the Burns poem, we discover that the lovers are soon to be parted. What effect, if any, do you suppose this impending separation is having on the couple’s love? What do you think might be causing the separation?6. Some scholars argue that popular song lyrics do not technically qualify as poetry. Write a short passage in which you defend “Stereo Hearts” as a piece of poetry. Be sure to include an examination of at least three poetic techniques as you present your case.7. Would it be better to have a love that’s like a red rose or a stereo? Explain the differences and defend your choice.8. Ultimately, which of these two pieces of writing do you find more effective in communicating the narrator’s thoughts to the audience? Explain why you prefer one work over the other.Gym Class Heroes/Robert Burns – Compare and ContrastTo receive credit, you must answer in complete, thoughtfulQuestionssentences on a separate sheet of paper.1. Both artists use a combination of simile and metaphor in their lines. The first line of “Stereo Hearts” is a metaphor. Find and write down a simile from the lyrics. Thefirst line of “A Red, Red Rose” is a simile. Find and write down a metaphor from the poem.2. Both artists use exaggeration to emphasize the intensity of their love. Cite an example of this from each piece.3. Closely examine the rhyme scheme of each piece and explain any patterns you find. What’s interesting about the writers’ rhyme scheme choices?4. Which two lines from the Burns poem most closely echo the theme of the Gym Class Heroes song?5. In the final stanza of the Burns poem, we discover that the lovers are soon to be parted. What effect, if any, do you suppose this impending separation is having on the couple’s love? What do you think might be causing the separation?6. Some scholars argue that popular song lyrics do not technically qualify as poetry. Write a short passage in which you defend “Stereo Hearts” as a piece of poetry. Be sure to include an examination of at least three poetic techniques as you present your case.7. Would it be better to have a love that’s like a red rose or a stereo? Explain the differences and defend your choice.8. Ultimately, which of these two pieces of writing do you find more effective in communicating the narrator’s thoughts to the audience? Explain why you prefer one work over the other.BreakevenThe Script, 2008I’m still alive, but I’m barely breathingJust prayed to a God that I don’t believe in‘Cause I got time while she got freedom‘Cause when a heart breaks, no it don’t break even5 Her best days were some of my worstShe finally met a man that’s gonna put her firstWhile I’m wide awake, she’s no trouble sleeping‘Cause when a heart breaks, no it don’t break even...even...noWhat am I supposed to do when the best part of me was always you?10 And what am I supposed to say when I’m all choked up and you’re okay?I’m falling to pieces, yeah, I’m falling to piecesThey say bad things happen for a reasonBut no wise words gonna stop the bleeding‘Cause she’s moved on while I’m still grieving15 And when a heart breaks, no it don’t break even...What am I gonna do when the best part of me was always you?And what am I supposed to say when I’m all choked up and you’re okay? I’m falling to pieces, yeah,I’m falling to pieces, yeah,20 I’m falling to piecesOne still in love while the other one’s leaving‘Cause when a heart breaks, no it don’t break evenOh, you got his heart and my heart and none of the painYou took your suitcase, I took the blame.25 Now I’m tryin’ make sense of what little remains, ooh‘Cause you left me with no love and honor to my name...Sonnet 30Edmund Spenser, 1595My Love is like to ice, and I to fire:How comes it then that this her cold so greatIs not dissolved through my so hot desire, But harder grows the more I her entreat?5 Or how comes it that my exceeding heatIs not allayed by her heart-frozen cold,But that I burn much more in boiling sweat, And feel my flames augmented manifold? What more miraculous thing may be told,10 That fire, which all things melts, should harden ice, And ice, which is congeal’d with senseless cold, Should kindle fire by wonderful device?Such is the power of love in gentle mind, That it can alter all the course of kind.The Script/Edmund Spenser – Compare and ContrastQuestionsTo receive credit, you must answer in complete, thoughtful sentences on a separate sheet of paper.1. A paradox exists when a seemingly contradictory statement is given that, upon closer examination, reveals a compelling truth. Look over the lyrics from The Script’s song “Breakeven” and write a line that includesa paradox. Then, in your own words, summarize the paradox being discussed throughout the Edmund Spenser poem.2. Most of the rhymes in The Script’s song are slant, meaning that the rhymes produce a similar sound but aren’t perfect rhymes. First, write two pairs of slant rhymes from the “Breakeven” lyrics.Then, explain how this usage of slant rhyme is especially appropriate, given the theme of the song.3. Find and write down a metaphor from “Breakeven.” Then, find and write down a simile from “Sonnet 30.”4. Look closely at the first line of “Sonnet 30.” Does “Love” in the line refer to the narrator’s feelings or to a woman? How do you know this?5. Spenser effectively uses exaggeration to make his point. Find and write down the line from “Sonnet 30” that effectively uses the technique of exaggeration.6. Write down the rhyme scheme of “Sonnet 30,” and explain how it differs from the rhyme scheme in “Breakeven.”Which structure do you prefer? Why?7. The words “miraculous” and “wonderful” usually have a positive connotation for the modern reader; however, the poet uses these two words for a different purpose in “Sonnet 30.”Look closely at the lines where these two words appear and explain the poet’s message. (Hint: The lasttwo lines of the sonnet also touch on this message.)8. Ultimately, which of these two pieces of writing do you find more effective in communicating the narrator’s thoughts to the audience? Explain why you prefer one work over the other.9. These two pieces were written more than 400 years apart, yet focus on the same theme. What does this show us about human nature?The Script/Edmund Spenser – Compare and ContrastQuestionsTo receive credit, you must answer in complete, thoughtful sentences on a separate sheet of paper.1. A paradox exists when a seemingly contradictory statement is given that, upon closer examination, reveals a compelling truth. Look over the lyrics from The Script’s song “Breakeven” and write a line that includesa paradox. Then, in your own words, summarize the paradox being discussed throughout the Edmund Spenser poem.2. Most of the rhymes in The Script’s song are slant, meaning that the rhymes produce a similar sound but aren’t perfect rhymes. First, write two pairs of slant rhymes from the “Breakeven” lyrics.Then, explain how this usage of slant rhyme is especially appropriate, given the theme of the song.3. Find and write down a metaphor from “Breakeven.” Then, find and write down a simile from “Sonnet 30.”4. Look closely at the first line of “Sonnet 30.” Does “Love” in the line refer to the narrator’s feelings or to a woman? How do you know this?5. Spenser effectively uses exaggeration to make his point. Find and write down the line from “Sonnet 30” that effectively uses the technique of exaggeration.6. Write down the rhyme scheme of “Sonnet 30,” and explain how it differs from the rhyme scheme in “Breakeven.”Which structure do you prefer? Why?7. The words “miraculous” and “wonderful” usually have a positive connotation for the modern reader; however, the poet uses these two words for a different purpose in “Sonnet 30.”Look closely at the lines where these two words appear and explain the poet’s message. (Hint: The lasttwo lines of the sonnet also touch on this message.)8. Ultimately, which of these two pieces of writing do you find more effective in communicating the narrator’s thoughts to the audience? Explain why you prefer one work over the other.9. These two pieces were written more than 400 years apart, yet focus on the same theme. What does this show us about human nature? ................
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