Subtext: Layers of Meaning

Song lyrics are poetry set to music.

They often hold multiple meanings– and can be interpreted in a personal way by each individual.

Consider the lyrics to Van Morrison’s Into the Mystic.

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(dictionary.com) http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/subtext


Today’s Assignment:

1. Watch this video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCFm1x3ZAtw

2. Write your own lyrics. Include subtext.

3. Select a song or a song’s lyrics. (This can be what you just wrote.) Study the lyrics — line by line. Explain what the words mean to you. If you wish, explain what they might mean to someone else.