1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Lyric poetry specific type - ODE AC/DC – “For Those About to Rock” (Ode- “Ode to Thanks,” “Firework”-Katy Perry) (or Zach Braff) We roll tonight [We're on tonight] To the guitar bite. Yeah, yeah, oh. Stand up and be counted For what you are about to receive. We are the dealers; We'll give you everything you need. Hail, hail to the good times 'Cause rock has got the right of way. We ain't no legend, ain't no cause; We're just livin' for today. Although it almost sounds like a drug dealer, it is NOT referring to drugs. What is he dealing? For those about to rock, we salute you! For those about to rock, we salute you! We rock at dawn on the front line Like a bolt right out of the blue. The sky's alight with the guitar bite. Heads will roll and rock tonight. For those about For those about For those about Yes we do. For those about ODE (under the lyric poetry umbrella): •expresses a single intense emotion of praise or admiration of something or someone •non-narrative (no plot) • language: elegant – traditional silly, humorous - modern What is a salute? Who commonly uses salutes? Who is the “we”? Who is “you”? to rock, we salute you! to rock, we salute you! to rock, we salute you. to rock, we salute you! Oooh, we salute! Oooh, ooooh yeah. We're just a battery for hire with a guitar fire, Ready and aimed at you. Pick up your balls and load up your cannon For a twenty-one gun salute. The ode originated in ancient Greece. For centuries, poets imitated these long, complex poems, which celebrated, in elegant language, one person or thing. Today’s odes are looser in form ad subject matter, but they still celebrate a particular person or thing. Motif – object or idea of symbolic significance that repeats in a work and contributes to meaning; a distinctive feature or dominant idea in an artistic or literary composition. "the nautical motif of his latest novel" "a recurring motif in her work" • What kind of motif is used in this rock ode? 1. Reading Check: In the first stanza of “Ode to Thanks,” what does the speaker say the word thanks can do? 2. In lines 7-17, how does the speaker say the word thanks travels? 3. According to lines 23-25, what can the word thanks save us from? 4. In lines 50-61 of “Ode to Thanks,” what does the speaker thank thanks for? 5. Interpretation: What do you think the speaker means when he says in lines 3-6 that thanks “melts iron and snow”? 6. What does the speaker compare thanks to in lines 12-15? How is a thank you like these things? 7. 8. In lines 31-44 of “Ode to Thanks,” what effect does the poem say the word thanks has all over the world? According to lines 45-49 of “Ode to Thanks,” the word thanks turns the world into a table. How is thanking someone like setting a beautiful table for dinner? 9. 10. In lines 58-61, what does the speaker say the word thanks does to pride? The last line of “Ode to Thanks” is “and there’s a penny’s worth of smiles.” What do you think this line means?
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