Literary Technique in "It's All over Now Baby Blue"

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In the poem, “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue”, Bob Dylan uses the literary technique of repetition to make the point that nothing will ever be the same again. He repeats, “And it’s all over now, Baby Blue”, at the end of every stanza and uses it to embed in the readers’ minds that changes must occur and there must be a new way to live. For example, Dylan states, “Look out the saints are comin’ through And it’s all over now, Baby Blue” (lines 5-6). This marks the beginning of change and the establishment of the end for Baby Blue. Also, he explains, “This sky, too, is folding under you And it’s all over now, Baby Blue” (lines 11-12) and “The carpet, too, is moving under you And it’s all over now, Baby Blue” (lines 17-18). Furthermore, both these lines mean do not try and fix the problem when things start to fall apart because it will not work. Dylan does not want Baby Blue to get caught up in trying to fix things. He feels like she should just move on. Lastly, Bob Dylan says, “Strike another match, go start anew And it’s all over now, Baby Blue” (lines 23-24). Following this further, he wants Baby Blue to know that she cannot go back to her old life, she must start new and differently. Overall, the repetition makes the reader sense that there is no use for Baby Blue to try because it will never go back to the old way of life before any of the changes.
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