Imagine by John Lennon Analysis

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Imagine by John Lennon Analysis

By | October 2012
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Imagine, written by John Lennon is one of my favorite songs because it is so peaceful and full of life, love, positive feelings and happiness. Before analysing John’s work, I’d like to comment on the sophisticated structuring of this piece. Each of the three verses begins with "Imagine" and answers with an empathetic comment. And each verse is more challenging than the one before. So, we have:

1. Imagine there's no Heaven - It's easy if you try

2. Imagine there's no countries - It's not so hard to do

3. Imagine no possession - I wonder if you can

This increase of challenges that forms the opening of each verse is answered by a similar set of three imaginings to close each verse. This time, we have:

Imagine all the people...

1. living for today

2. living life in peace

3. sharing all the world

Now, to analyse this brilliant piece of lyric. In the first lines: “Imagine there’s no heaven/It’s easy if you try” John Lennon is trying to implement the image of that there is nothing beyond death into our minds. For example, what if the only life you had was on Earth? Would you do anything about it differently? The next few lines: “No hell below us/Above us only sky” signify what if there was not any bad place to spend eternity in; if you ended up not going anywhere after death as well? If there was not a hell, would you actually fear anything? There is nothing superficial or sometimes hard to believe in. It is just fact that you are going to get old, die and never have to worry about what happens after you die. Then comes the line: “Imagine all the people living for today” means that what if people did not put important things off for tomorrow? For me, this first verse is a bit controversial because everyone wants to “live forever” in a sense.

In the second verse it starts off with: “Imagine there’s no countries/ It isn’t hard to do” explains a lot about the difficulty our world has been through ever since countries were...
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