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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics$
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Charlotte Pence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031564

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.001.0001

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Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen

Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen

(p.232) Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen
The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

Robert P. Mcparland

University Press of Mississippi

Bruce Springsteen’s music shows many characteristics of poetry or of storytelling. A musician who embodies the legacy of rock, soul, and folk, Springsteen faces the music and confronts us with the gift of his music. This chapter analyzes his music as a form of popular literature, and, more specifically, as a form of folk-rock-soul “poetry,” by considering three Springsteen songs: “Born to Run,” “The Promised Land,” and “The Rising.”

Keywords:   songs, Bruce Springsteen, poetry, popular literature, Born to Run, Promised Land, The Rising, folk, rock, soul

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