Critical Analysis of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

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Darryl Williams C. Leigh McInnis ENG 105-06 29 March 2010 Critical Analysis of “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Poetry is the glue that attaches the people to the intangible ideas, feelings, and beliefs of others. Poets use their words in a way that conveys their inner thoughts and emotions better than any essay or well-written speech can ever do. But what is poetry? It is so many things, but a straightforward definition would simply be that poetry is a composition of elevated thoughts written or spoken in rhythmic verses. Gil Scott-Heron takes this mild definition, expands it, and masters every element of poetry. His most noted work is “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised.” The revolution of which Scott speaks is one that will create great political and cultural advances in America. In this poem, Scott-Heron eludes that there is a revolution coming and one should not treat it as if it were a television program. Scott-Heron declares that revolution is not a spectacle, is exclusively relevant, and is final. If one understands these three elements then they will also understand the precedence of the revolution of which Scott-Heron speaks. This information will lead people, especially African Americans, to band together and bring this revolution to life The main goal Scott-Heron seeks is trying to convey to the reader that there is a revolution coming and one should take it very seriously. This is not a spectacle that one can sit back and watch as if it were a television program. When the revolution happens one can not merely wait for a commercial and take a break. Scott-Heron is warning the reader that when the revolution comes it will be continuous. This shows the reader that if they are a part of the revolution they have no choice but to participate from start to finish because this event is too important for pauses. Revolutions tend to regress when they pause or stop, because people
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