Songs and Literature (in process)

In class we started an activity with Pato, in which we had to choose a song and show it to the class. I chose “zZz” by DROELOE. Then for the second activity, each of us had to choose a song from a list Pato gave us. I chose “Beds Are Burning” by Midnight Oil.

Here is some information Pato asked in activity 3 in relation to the song and band:

  • a short biography of the singer or band
  • a video of the band or singer playing the song
  • main themes (quote to prove) and tones
  • at least 3 literary devices you can spot
  • your opinion on the topic
  • any pic you want to use to illustrate the matter
  • Also, make a reflection on this learning activity (did you like it? was it useful? what did you learn?, etc)

Answers:

  • Here is the short biography
  • Here is a video of the band playing the song in a concert
  • Main themes and tones:
    • Themes:
      • Feeling bad
      • Return what does not belong to you
    • Tones:
      • Regretful
      • Wanting to take action
  • Quotes:
    • «How do we sleep while our beds are burning?»
    • «It belongs to them, let’s give it back»
  • 3 literary devices I can notice in the song:
    • Enjabment: «The Western Desert lives and breathes
      In forty-five degrees»
    • Anaphora: «How can we dance when our earth is turning?
      How do we sleep while our beds are burning?
      How can we dance when our earth is turning?
      How do we sleep while our beds are burning?»
    • Repetition of the chorus to emphazise the idea:

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?
How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

  • My opinion on the topic:
    • I think that it is a very interesting topic because it does not only cover the native people of Australia which are referred to in the song. This topic covers basically all the world except Europe and parts of Asia. Europe people started migrating and colonizing areas outside Europe, like America, Oceania, or Africa. In that process, they forced the native people in that area to move, and then, they built their cities in what wasn’t their territory. They imposed their will on them: they imposed their culture, their society scheme and organization, their political ideas, etc. But if you think all the problem through, a first argument is that if we want to return back the lands to the native people, is impossible, first because almost all the tribes of people are extinct, or they are not the original «blood», and second, is impossible because we would have to destroy all the cities and civilization, and then all of us would not have a place to live. I think the topic is very interesting and wide.
  • The picture to illustrate the matter:

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