This assignment is a 4-5 page in-class analysis essay. Select a song that you like which has interesting lyrics and is clearly within a specific musical genre. Also, make sure the lyrics have enough depth so that you have something to analyze. I’d recommend you stay away from songs that are simply patriot; very long; too simple, with little to say and rely mostly on melody or musical arrangement and repetition; or part of a musical or a play in which the song then becomes a part of a larger story. The assignment should be presented in MLA style, with the Works Cited page included. Also, remember to include in-text citations when you cite the lyrics. Use the word line(s) in the first reference (lines 21-22) and the line numbers alone in subsequent references (34-36). If you are quoting more than one line of the lyrics, separate the lines with a slash. Consult page 182 (“Poems”) in Bedford for additional guidelines. For example: In the opening lines of her sadness-ridden saga of the love passed, Adele softly implores, “Hello, it’s me / I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet” (lines 1-2). In your introduction, give the song’s title (in quotation marks), the writer of the song (which could be several people), and the major performers of the song (which could be an individual or group), and the date of the song’s release (if known). It is also a good idea to discuss the popularity of the song or the song’s performers and its historical and cultural context. Remember to include a strong thesis statement—your central interpretive claim about the song that you will attempt to prove in the rest of your essay. Your body paragraphs will develop and substantiate your clearly-stated thesis statement. Remember to use textual evidence that is properly integrated and well-documented. Your conclusion will wrap up your essay by re-emphasizing its main points and answering the so-what question (in other words, show why your topic matters). Remember that your outline is NOT a rough draft. Your outline will feature your thesis, topic sentences, and corresponding sub-points (not in a paragraph form but 1-2 sentences). Assignment Restrictions: 1. No use of personal pronouns (I, you, we) or any of their variants are allowed. Same goes for contractions and informal language of any kind. 2. Remember to use present tense verbs when discussing what the lyricist/artist is doing and enclose the song’s title in quotation marks. If needed, review how to properly capitalize titles by referring to page 481 (45c) in Bedford. You will submit the annotated copy of the song’s lyrics and your outline along with your final draft. You are NOT to do any additional research on the song’s analysis.This essay is your interpretation, and yours ONLY. You will use the song’s lyrics and its melody to support your interpretation. During the in-class essay, you can use the lyrics, the outline, and Bedford. Since you are required to submit both the annotated lyrics and your outline, they must be in printed form. You will be allowed access to Blackboard but cannot consult any other webpages. Plagiarism caution: If you end up utilizing any outside information about the song (for example, if it won any awards, etc.)—by that I mean any facts that were not part of your background knowledge—you must document the source both parenthetically and on your Works Cited.

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