Poetry Seminar Oral

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English – Poetry Seminar Good afternoon, in this seminar I will be discussing how the band “The Black Eyed Peas” has used a whole range of different poetic techniques in their world wide hit ‘Where is the Love?’, such as similes, atmosphere, rhyme, assonance, metaphors, ballad, climax, repetition, rhetorical questions, mood and imagery to create and establish reader positioning. More aspects of the song including mood, discourse and themes will also be addressed. The Song was written by Will.i.am, Taboo, Apl.de.ap and Ron Fair. Will.i.am and Ron Fair also co-produced the song. Shortly after Christmas 2001, will.i.am created a loop and a guitar part that he liked. Since September 11 will.i.am was holding back some feelings that he had repressed. “Overseas we tryin’ to stop terrorism, but we still got terrorists here livin’, in the U.S.A , the big CIA, the Blood and the Crips and the KKK. The rest of the band members heard the track and wrote similar lyrics over it. Justin Timberlake also heard the track and immediately came up with the words “where is the love” and wrote and chorus. This song is an anthem against the war on terror and the 2003 invasion of Iraq since it was released shortly after the invasion began. The Black Eyed Peas got their start in 1988 when Will.i.am and apl.de.ap began rapping and performing with each other around Los Angeles. The group is currently composed of Will.i.am, Apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie. In this anti-war pacifist anthem, ‘The Black Eyed Peas’ put emphasis on a whole range of worldwide issues and discourses. These issues and discourses include terrorism, U.S. government, hypocrisy, racism, war, intolerance and greed. The main social issue would have to be the war on terror. The song talks about how terrorism has changed our society. For example in the second verse, line 1 and 2 it reads: “it just ain’t the same,

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