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Analysis of “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash Look at the song lyrics the way you would at a poem, and identify the elements below (as many as are present in the song). 1) Number of stanzas: one nine line stanza and two five line stanzas or quintains. 2) Refrains or other forms of word repetition: “whistle blowing” 3) Rhyme scheme: Rhymed couplets 4) Meter: no specific meter. *If you need help with meter, go to: 5) Example of alliteration or assonance: Alliteration: “see the sunshine sine” and “let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away” 6) Example of metaphor, simile, or personification: Personification: “let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away” and “time keeps dragging on” Metaphor:“let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away” and “those people keep moving and that’s what tortures me”
7) Example of imagery: “I bet there's rich folks eating in a fancy dining car They're probably drinkin' coffee and smoking big cigars”8) Example of allusion: “I'm stuck in Folsom prison, and time keeps draggin' on But that train keeps a rollin' on down to San Antone”9) The speaker in the song: the speaker is a prisoner who wants his freedom and he doesn't regret what he did to get him in prison but he hate feeling hopeless while life goes on outside of the prison. 10) The song’s central theme? The central theme is that loneliness could overtake people.