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Repetitionand Rhyme Comparisons between Two Poems
Fast Car by Tracy Chapman was produced in 1988 while ThunderRoad by Bruce Springsteen was released in 1975. Notably, bothsongs garnered international acclaim and enhanced the artists`profile. An analysis of the two lyrics shows distinct similaritiesand differences with regards to the use of repetition and rhyme aspoetic techniques.
Chapman’s song manifests distinct occurrences of rhyme within thelyrics. For example, the opening stanza contains the two end words as‘anywhere’ and ‘somewhere’ in an abcb pattern. Rhyme alsooccurs in the use of the words ‘is’ and ‘his.’ Furthermore,the chorus contains the words ‘away’ and ‘way.’ Otherinstances of rhyme occur in the combination of ‘better’ and‘shelter.’ Additionally, ‘car’ and ‘bar’ are used in thetenth stanza. Fast Car also displays repetition of variousphrases. For instance, the lyrics frequently refer to the word‘maybe` to show the uncertainty of achieving the desired action.However, the word also reveals the persona`s bright hope towards thefulfillment of a particular action. The phrase ‘you got a fast car`is also frequently cited to show the intended target’s capacity forchange. Furthermore, the chorus is repeated to emphasize thepersona’s message. The lyrics contain consecutive phrases that showhow the old man perceives ‘his body.’ Other instances ofrepetition include the use of the words ‘driving’ and ‘someone’(Chapman). In fact, the lyrics comprise a line that repeats thelatter word three times in quick succession. Such techniques are usedto create a rhythm within the song.
Thunder Road features several instances of rhyme andrepetition. The words ‘lonely’ and ‘only’ are used inconsecutive sentences. The first stanza also contains instances ofrhyme such as ‘for,’ ‘anymore,’ ‘night,’ and ‘right.’Besides, the words ‘lovers’ and covers’ are mentioned inproximity to ‘rain’ and ‘vain.’ Other examples of rhyme occurin the words ‘understood,’ ‘hood,’ ‘somehow,’ ‘now,’‘hand,` and ‘land,` ‘sun,’ ‘run,’ ‘hold,’ ‘road,’‘talk,’ ‘walk,’ ‘broken,’ ‘spoken,’ ‘street,’ and‘feet.’ Moreover, the lyrics contain repetition of the words ‘OhThunder Road’ to emphasize the persona’s message (Springsteen).The word ‘again’ is mentioned twice as a manifestation of thespeaker’s exasperation. The phrase ‘all right’ is repeated toshow the persona’s optimism in the future.
Fast Car and Thunder Road are quite different in theiruse of rhyme and repetition. In particular, Springsteen’s song hasmore instances of rhyme than Chapman’s track. Additionally, ThunderRoad mostly contains rhyme in consecutive lines while Fast Caruses alternating sentences. Besides, Chapman’s song includes moreinstances of repetition compared to Springsteen’s track.Notwithstanding, some striking similarities exist between the twolyrics. For example, both songs have a chorus that is repeated aftereach stanza. Also, both lyrics utilize such poetic techniques tocreate rhythm. The personas in both songs use repetition to enhancethematic purposes. Furthermore, both lyrics also have irregularrhyming patterns in several stanzas.
Indeed, an analysis of the two songs reveals distinct similaritiesand differences with regards to rhyme and repetition. Fast Carcontains some rhyming words in alternating sentences while ThunderRoad mostly uses consecutive lines. However, the former song hasfewer instances of rhyme compared to the latter`s lyrics. Chapman`ssong has many instances of repetition while Springsteen`s track hasmore infrequent occurrences. Therefore, Fast Car and Thunder Rod canbe used to show the similarities and differences between variouspoetic techniques.
Chapman, Tracy. “Fast Car.” Tracy Chapman. ElektraRecords, 1988. A-Z Lyrics.com. n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2015. <http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tracychapman/fastcar.html>
Springsteen, Bruce. “Thunder Road.” Born to Run. Columbia,1975. Bruce Springsteen.com. n.d. Web. 2 Nov. 2015.<http://brucespringsteen.net/songs/thunder-road>