Paul Simon's the Sound of Silence

1161 WordsMay 8, 20055 Pages
Paul Simon's The Sound of Silence A poem, like all other works of art, may appear as an inter-subjective truth, an intricate thread of images, a surreal yet realistic expression, and as a "creative fact" according to Virginia Woolf. In canon literature, a good poem is usually that which has fine structure, imagery, meaning and relevance; an art, which has sprung out not only of personal necessities but out of socio-cultural quagmires. Paul Simon's The Sound of Silence transcends the mediocre. It creates a bombarding mood that runs through the whole text, thus, transforming the readers to a reality it is presenting. The poem starts with the use of a device called apostrophe (a figure of speech where one talks to or addresses an…show more content…
20:8-11; Rev. 14:7). They worship their "neon gods," symbolizing technology and/or modern thinking that is too bright and pierces the eyes—perception, thus, blurring the individual from reality and clarity. Now the warning was given, as if after every message from the Lord through the prophets, a warning was given. It was written in places most accessible to the people, subway walls and tenement halls. A graffiti. It was just there, all there is to do is to look at it and read, then heed the warning that modernity, like the neon lights, would eventually split the night and prevail. Only by listening to the Sound of Silence can one be able to resolve this intrinsic issue. The Sound of Silence gives an opportunity to contemplate on one's moral and sociological imagination in life, which is understandably an issue during the time that this song was written, the era of sexual revolution and prevalence of drug use. Unfortunately, the echo fades into a whisper. Nothing
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