Sunday, September 22, 2013

Writing in other forms, instead of prose

On Friday night, I experienced what can only be described as the best night of my life. I don't go to many concerts, but this was the best one by far.


If you don't know who Paramore are, they are a band that have been together for around nine years now, and it consists of Hayley Williams, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York. They are one of my favourite bands, and the main reason for this is because of the songs they write.

Here are a few lyrics, taken from some of their different songs:

"What a shame what a shame we all remain,
Such fragile broken things,
A beauty half betrayed,
Butterflies with punctured wings"
- Part ii

"And the salt in my wounds isn't burning anymore than it used to,

It's not that I don't feel the pain, it's just I'm not afraid of hurting anymore,
And the blood in these veins isn't pumping any less than it ever has,
And that's the hope I have, the only thing I know that's keeping me alive"
- Last Hope

"You escaped like a runaway train,
Off the tracks and down again,
And my heart's beating like a steam boat tugging all your burdens,
On my shoulders

In the mourning I'll rise,

In the mourning I'll let you die,
In the mourning all my worries"
- In the Mourning

Songs don't write in prose - so this means they don't write in fluent language which could be used in a book. Paramore don't write in prose either, but their writing style is really powerful. For example, metaphors and imagery are used in Part ii with the lyrics 'Butterflies with punctured wings' - describing us as the butterflies, and if we're listening to the song then we must have punctured wings (or broken hearts) because we understand what the lyrics mean. 

Last Hope is a very emotional song, and it uses juxtapositions to explain that the wounds are very painful, but even with 'salt' rubbed in them they don't hurt anymore, even though they should. We could perhaps call this a paradox. In 'In the Mourning', the first thing you see without even hearing the song is that the double meaning of Mourning is used - in the morning she will mourn over the loss of something. Similes are used throughout this song to describe the people and how they effect her. 

Paramore, I have found, are very clever with words. I will link you to some of the songs, and I seriously suggest you give them a listen. The concert was perfect and I doubt that any other concert will beat it! The songs are quite emotional and you can really connect to them. 

The Book Critic x

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