Tears in Heaven

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Name: Udval Date: May, 30th, 2012 Pain and the Loss “Tears in Heaven” is one of the Eric Clapton’s successful songs, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. If you hear the name, Eric Clapton the first song that will come in your mind is Tears in Heaven. Eric Clapton wrote “Tears in Heaven” after his 4 years old son fell from 53rd floor. This poem is about the pain and loss that composer felt after the death of his own son. Also, it was about trying to overcome the sadness and pain from death of his son. To express his feelings about pain and loss, he used poetic devices. In the song, Tears in Heaven, there is a definite meaning about pain and loss. Eric Clapton uses poetic devices to express his feelings. He uses rhetorical questions, which are questions that cannot be answered such as “Would you hold my hand? If I saw you in heaven." “Will it be the same”? By using these rhetorical questions, he is making the readers to feel the pain of losing a loved one. This is rhetorical question because loved one in heaven cannot answer this question. These questions make the listener or the readers to experience the feeling of not knowing what type of relationship would be shared, if they were together again in heaven and it is left as an unanswered questions. Therefore, He uses rhetorical questions to express his pain and loss. Eric Clapton also uses rhyming couplets to express feelings of grief, despair and pain. Examples of rhyming couplets are “I’ll find my way, through night and day Cause I know I just can’t stay” and also “I must be strong and carry on Cause I know I don’t belong”. By using these rhyming couplets, it helps to pull the lyrics together with rhyming sequences to help the flow of music. It also helps the reader or the listeners a better way to understand because of the flowing of the music. The rhyming words are all keywords
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