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In earlier years poems written by the greats like William Shakespeare or Walt Whitman were able to tell a story paint a picture draw a reader in just through the use of well-placed words brilliant imagery and a seemingly unending supply of imagination Often in those times as well as now these beautiful words were transformed into songs with the use of music Sometimes the songs would be very similar to the original poem other songs would completely contrast the poems original theme or meaning Clever writers can take the same subject material and use completely different words to describe the same object or event While the poem My Son My Executioner written by Donald Hall in 1928 and the song Arms Wide Open written by Scott Stapp and Mark Treamont of the band Creed in 1999 have many things in common on the surface the differences in the two works are vast including the extremely different view the two writers have about the same event the way in which the two writers were raised and lastly the time periods in which the two pieces were written influenced the finished worksTo demonstrate similarity in the two works an obvious theme that is echoed by both writers is a feeling of the loss of immortality In Halls poem I take you in my arms 2 parallels with the first line ofthe chorus of Stapps song With arms wide open Both writers know they will protect and cherish their children While the next few quotes refer to the same event the tone communicates a different feeling to the reader Hall writes in lines five and six Sweet death small son our instrument Of immortality and bodily decay 8 Stapp also realizes a change is coming as written in line two It seems my life is going to change and again in the last line of the song Now everything has changed46 which symbolizes
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