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poetry essay Bob Dylans song John Brown contains the elements needed in poetry and therefore can be read as one The song includes the rhythm punctuation and structure that allow it to be a poem Dylan wrote his song based on a strong theme and he emphasized his important thoughts by using these elements or poetry writing John Brown has a strong rhythm in it a critical component Every stanza of the song has four sentences and between every number of stanzas there is one line that emphasizes a certain idea All the last words of every two lines rhyme The first stanza of the song is an example of rhythm John Brown went off to war to fight on a foreign shore His mama sure was proud of him He stood straight and tall in his uniform and all His mamas face broke out all in a grin lines 1-4 In this stanza the words him and grin rhyme Through the song there are also cases where two words in the same line rhyme Stanza one for instance two words in line one rhyme war and shore The same structure is also seen in line three with the words tall and all When reading the song the reader can most definitely capture the rhythm of the song and can read it with musical input Another element of poetry that the song consists of is punctuation When reading a poem the speed and feeling is determined by the punctuation In John Brown the many punctuation signs guide us through the entire song by telling the reader where to go faster where to speak louder and where to shout out a statement of excitement Punctuation also often tells us the tone of the poem or line An example of the punctuation used in Dylans song is the following line Oh Good old-fashioned war line 17
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