Songs and Poems Written on Wars: Imagine by John Lennon

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How lyrics and poetry mirror our thoughts. Poetry is a way to express opinions and ideas and this can often be more effectively achieved through song.

The Vietnam War also known as the American War was the longest major conflict that Australians have been involved in. It began in 1962 and ended in 1975. The Vietnam War was the cause of the greatest political and social dissent in Australia since World War 1.

In 1959 war broke out between communist North Vietnam and democratic South Vietnam. America and there allies, which include Australia, sent thousands of troops over to Vietnam in hope to stop the spread of Communism. In total, approximately, 50 000 Australians served in the Vietnam War from 1962 to 1975. Many of these troops were conscripted, meaning their military service was compulsory.

Many songs and poems were written due to the impacts that war has had on society. Songs and poems are able reflect the issues, values, attitudes and beliefs of the Vietnam War in the 1960’s and 1970s.

Imagine was written by John Lennon in 1971. It was written about the Vietnam War, and the impacts it was having on countries, governments and society. Throughout this song John encourages the listeners to imagine what it would be like without religions, governments or possessions. He then puts forward the idea that without governments and religion that there would be no war, hate or poverty only peace.

“You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope

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