Losing My Religion by R.E.M
When you think of a song you love, chances are you think of more than just its beat or melody. Because of your particular experiences, your reasons for loving the song may be different from the reasons of someone else who also loves the same song. Perhaps you have a particular memory associated with that song or it speaks to you personally. The lyrics of a song especially take on a different meaning from person to person. Think of a song you love. What words or phrases stand out to you? Why? For this essay, you’ll choose a song and analyze the lyrics of the song. Your analysis should focus primarily on the various literary devices the songwriter uses to convey the song’s meaning, such as simile, metaphor, irony, personification, and symbolism. Use your analysis to determine what the appeal of the song is to its audience.
This essay requires you to use secondary sources to support your claims about the song’s cultural impact, so you’ll begin your research and create a bibliography of relevant articles and reviews that you might include in your essay. Your annotated bibliography should include a minimum of five sources. Please note that if you use any secondary source material in your graphic organizer, you should follow MLA format and provide the appropriate parenthetical citations. To prepare an outline for a 1200-1500 word essay that analyzes the impact and influence a song has in a contemporary context based on its literary devices and cultural references.
Prepare an annotated bibliography of your five sources. Each annotation must contain two to four sentences explaining not only how the information was relevant to your discussion, but also what you found most interesting or unusual about the information provided. Remember that an annotated bibliography lists the potential sources you may use for your paper. In your full-length essay, you’ll use at least two of your five sources
Place all required work in the same document in the following order, beginning a new page for each part.
-The lyrics of the song and its MLA citation
-The actual outline/graphic organizer
-Annotated MLA bibliography of five research sources
Written essays must be typed, double-spaced, using a standard 12-point font and left justification. Use 1-inch margins at the top and bottom and 1.25-inch margins for the left and right sides of the document. Each page must have a properly formatted header containing your name, student number, exam number, page number, mailing address, and email address (see page 4 for an example). Name each document using your student number first, then the six-digit lesson number, and finally your last name (for example, 23456789_500680 Doe). Save each as “File Type: Rich Text Format,” regardless of your word-processing program.