A Summary of “The Boxer”
ENG 125 Journey into Literature
Instructor Douglas Goss
July 28, 2012
The author of this paper decided to choose the poem entitled “The Boxer,” written by Paul Simon and Bruce Woodley in 1968. The author of this paper chose this poem because it is also “a modern rock ballad.” (Clugston, 2010), which is something everyone can relate to. One of the main elements that stuck out to the author is, as (Clugston, 2010) states, “its rhythm is irregular rather than repetitive; its stanzas have varied lengths.” “The Boxer” is a folk rock ballad written in 1968, that reflects the turbulent mood and trials characterized social change in the 1960’s.” (Clugston, 2010). This poem, or song, speaks out to people because it is written in a language that everyone can understand and recognize, also the feelings are something that everyone can relate to simply because it reminds people of a simpler time, the 60’s. In the first verse, Paul is saying that he is just a poor, quiet, boy who is hard headed and set in his ways, so to speak, and a person who hears what he wants to hear; (let’s everything he hears go in one ear and right out the other,) with that being said, he still stands firm in his beliefs and knows what he wants out of life. In the second verse he is talking about how scared he was when he left home and he was just a poor, young boy and about his hard times he had finding somewhere to sleep which was usually on the streets. The third verse was a little different; he is saying how lonely and lonesome he was back then and about how he did some things he now regrets. This is why people can relate to this poem/ballad; because everyone, at one point of their lives, has had some sort of regrets. Everyone can relate to regrets. That is why this poem/ballad reaches out and connects to people. The fourth verse was basically about his regrets that he has later in life about his past and how...
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