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Retrospect for Life Often all Rap music is denoted as lacking in moral content due to the fact that several Rap Artists proclaim the use and abuse of drugs violence sex and degradation of women However in the song Retrospect for Life artist Common Sense addresses issues of morality by poetically expressing his feelings towards life In Retrospect to what has happened within his own experience the artist looks back and retells a story in which he regretfully disrespected life The song begins with a quick introduction where Common directly states his message Yo we gotta start respectin life more yall He then beings to retell a story in his life where he did quite the opposite By agreeing to have his child aborted Commons irresponsible actions caused him to refuse life to his own child In the first verse the writer approaches the subject matter as if he were actually speaking to his aborted child Knowin you the best part of life do I have the right to take yoursCause I created you irresponsibly Here the writer questions himself and asks if he has the right to take away the life that he created irresponsibly Throughout this verse Commons use of literary devices such as imagery and symbolism help to vividly reveal his true emotions By saying he was Turnin this womans womb into a tomb he creates a mind picture of the womans life giving womb to now be a place of death Moreover in the following line the use of the word seed is symbolic of the unborn child But she and I agree a seed we dont need He then goes on express his remorse for taking away the seed we dont need by stating images of all that he took away Im sorry for takin your first breath first step and first cry Finally in conclusion of the first verse Common says Cause 315 aint worth
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