Rhetorical Analysis Of Hozier's Work Song

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Rhetorical analysis of Hozier’s “Work Song” Hozier’s 2015 song “Work Song” suggests that true love comes from hard work, devotion, and sense of faith. The author creates a story that illustrates how someone who is miserable and at his lowest point can find love and finally have a greater purpose. Hozier’s song encourages his listeners by showing them that true love can make someone strive to be better. As the song progresses, rhythm, the juxtaposition of images, and careful diction convey that above all, love is the root of happiness, but it is not achieved without laborious work. In alternative pop music, numerous people would mistake the song’s rhythm as a light and calming love song rather than recognizing the lyrics as meaningful. Although Hozier’s song seems to be a simple love song, it has a deeper meaning that encourages the listeners to think about relationships. The first part of the first stanza illustrates how the rhythm and the lyrics do not correspond with each other. Throughout Hozier’s song the rhythm is consistent, besides in the first stanza. The first part of the stanza is, Boys workin’ on empty Is that that the kind of way to face the burning heat? I just think about my baby I’m so full of love I can barely eat (lines 1-4)
After Hozier’s states, “I’m so full of love I can barely eat” the music pauses and the work rhythm stops. The audience is to question the pause. It is a reference to the lack of desire to eat that comes from the intense

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