Commandyour Old Road Israpidly North Central Texa

Commandyour Old Road Israpidly North Central Texa

Commandyour Old Road Israpidly North Central Texa

Writing a Song or Poem

Think of the period of time you just studied and think of ideas for a song or poem that fits it. The following examples can be used as inspiration.

The first example is a song by Bob Dylan reflects the rise of the youth movement, the free speech movement, and the counterculture. The excerpt from a non-fiction book gives vivid details that convey what was underlying the women’s movement of this period. Think about the imagery and details given in these examples that convey a sense of this part of American history.

A Song

“The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” by Bob Dylan

Come gather ’round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You’ll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin’
Then you better start swimmin’
Or you’ll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won’t come again
And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don’t stand in the doorway
Don’t block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There’s a battle outside
And it is ragin’
It’ll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin’.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin’
Please get out of the new one
If you can’t lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin’.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin’
And the first one now
Will later be last
For the times they are a-changin’.

Excerpt from an Nonfiction Book

The following is an edited excerpt from The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, first published in 1963

The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the 20th century in the United States. Each suburban wife struggled with it alone. As she made the beds, shopped for groceries, matched slipcover material, ate peanut butter sandwiches with her children, chauffeured Cub Scouts and Brownies, lay beside her husband at night—she was afraid to ask even of herself the silent question—”Is this all?”


Assignment Instructions

Write a 50- to 150-word initial post of the following:

Write a song or poem that fits the ideas and feelings of this time period. Include historical references, imagery, and/or ideas in your work that will help ground it in this period. Please submit original work.