Begin Again by Taylor Swift: Hope and Despair

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CCA Unit 1
I chose the song, "Begin Again" by Taylor Swift to represent this unit's theme; hope and despair. Hope is present in this song starting from the title "Begin Again," this tells me that we all are faced with difficult situations and we'd all enjoy the sweet opportunity to undo the past events and start from scratch again. I enjoy this title because I can relate back to this title several times throughout my life and probably in the near future. Hope can be found in these "restarting, shaking off the past and moving on situations" by giving us another attempt at life again. A snippet from the lyrics in the first line "took a deep breath in the mirror," immediately tells us that we can always feel our expectation to desire a new or certain thing to happen. It gives us a time to breath and hope for a better day to come. Another quote from the song," Walked in expecting you'd be late, but you got here early and you stand and wave, I walk to you, you pull my chair out and help me in, and you don't know how nice that is" this shows us how little things that people may do for us are so important and appreciated. It's also very sweet to have something normal to become something new. My favorite quote from the song "But on a Wednesday in a cafe, I watched it begin again," represents God's actions to allow us to try to be as happy and hopeful as we can be. He helps us to forget the past and look forward and live every moment we have to the fullest with the one who loves us back as much as we love them. One smile, one kind gesture and a new beginning can change our lives and can leave us enchanted. I can relate to this when you have that truly magical moment when you're talking to the guy you think will be the last, and letting go of what has past as you speak. DESPAIR

Despair plays a few roles in this song, signifying comparison and depression. As displayed in the lyrics "He didn't like it when I wore high heels, but I do" explains to me that some of the...
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