Talkin' World War III Blues Kimberly padilla

Robert Allen Zimmerman, also known as for his artistic name Bob Dylan is famous for being a singer and songwriter. With his music he has created profound and meaningful poems. Most of his famous works started around the 1960's, when his songs chronicled social unrest. One song in particular being, World War III Blues.

At the beginning of the song it talks about Bob Dylan having a crazy dream. The Dream was about him being in World War III.

Eventually it led Dylan to get professional help, to see what was wrong with him. The doctor just said it was a bad dream, not to worry about it, it is just a repetitive dream he is having. Bob Dylan did not think it was just a bad dream, he was concerned since it was about a war. The doctor then decided to give him therapy and started taking notes of Dylans dream.

Dylan explained how this dream ends fast it only takes some minutes. However, he found himself in a sewer with a woman in the dark until he saw light. When he came out there was no one in the streets of the town. He wondered where to go so then he started smoking at a parking meter and walked down the road.

In the dream it was a normal day. To make everyone come out he ran a fallout shelter bell and he felt hungry. He heard someone fire a shotgun so he ran away, although he did not blame the person since it was a stranger. Throughout his run he saw a man by a hot-dog stand and greeted him the man screamed at him and flew away.

Then he saw a girl and tried flirting with her and took her by her hand. The woman pulled off and called him crazy.

Dylan noticed a car nearby and went for a drive, listening to music, feeling lonely and needing someone to talk to. The doctor finally stopped him saying that he has been having the same dream except in his dream he was alone after the war. Everyone seems to be having the same dreams.

Bob Dylan then mentions a quote once said by Abraham Lincoln, "Half of the people can be part right all of the time, some of the people can be all right part of the time, but all of the people can't be right all of the time". Finally telling the doctor that he can be in his dream if Dylan can be in the doctors dream.

In this song we still have the issue of the paranoia surrounding communism, but we have it at about the time when it can be argued both sides were pulling back from the edge a little.

The style of the song is exactly as was – there is after all only one talking blues style and it goes back to the 1920's. It was also used several times by Woody Guthrie, and Dylan experimented with it in terms of the lyrics considerably.

Poetic device is used all over this song for example when Bob Dylan sang "I went to the doctors the very next day, to see what kind of words he could say".

He also showed poetic device in another line from the song when he sang "He grabbed my arm I said ouch, as I landed on the psychiatric couch"


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