Brace your Necks

After rocking out like a wild animal (kidding), I found it was rather relatable how I was able to understand the message in a more modern-day time. Normally, I do not listen to Iron Maiden, and I was not keen on the definition of romanticism. I have come to realize that these past couple years, I have been on a quest in search of spiritual awakening and deeper understanding. That ties in with romanticism. It is not only the nature I search, but also the metaphors, the hidden messages in readings. With the Iron Maiden song, the visuals place someone out at sea, sometimes in rough waters. There are ghoul-like or zombie creatures constantly shown. That may be reminding us of our mortality.

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I found particularly interesting how I came across a statistical breakdown of music genre a couple of years ago. The results were that Rock and Roll was largely the most listened to with a percentage of about 33%. Then there was hip hop with 9% and classical with 1% for reference. That goes to show that for romanticism to be to the common man, it must target the largest audience. Thus, it was an effective choice for the song to be played by Iron Maiden. It is not to say that romanticism cannot be composed through classical music, but we all know that that is more of a niche (and privileged) audience.

-Daniel Estrada

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6 thoughts on “Brace your Necks

  1. The use of statistics in this blog was original and clever to do. I would have never imagined that rock and roll was a popular genre. Maybe you could add lyrics and/or stanzas from the poem to help further your point in this post and provide textual evidence.

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  2. I think the most interesting original idea presented is that the rock music is a tool to gain a larger audience because more people listen to rock music than any other genre. To improve your analysis it may also help to talk more of textual analysis and ties back to the romantic period. Such as what about the song and the poem fit the key parts of romantic poetry and what tone, emotion, etc and how is it actually reflected in the song .

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  3. Yes, rock out!! I like how you looked into the statistical information as far as what genre people listened to the most. Thus, it helps compare it to the genre of poetry and whether it is popular or not. I also agree on how the music helps interpret the lines much more easily. Dont forget to be specific with a certain line from the poem.! Have a great day.

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  4. I would be very interested to see how you define romanticism in terms of spiritual significance. I like how you brought up a personal connection with the texts however and I would like to see you elaborate further on how your personal understanding affected your interpretation of the song and the text. Also, by helping you understand the poem in a more modern context, do you then think that the song did the poem justice or did you extract a different perspective from the text upon reading it then you did when you listened to the song? -Kamani Morrow

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  5. Hey Daniel, I also focused on romanticism achieved by expanding to make literature accessible to the “common people.” I think you can make your post stronger if you find a way to choose some instances in both the song and the poem and use them to show how they got away from the traditional and made it more accessible. Also, it would be cool to learn more about the stats you offered, maybe you could revisit the place you got the information and linking it.
    -Israel

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