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for writing hit songs for artists like Toni Braxton, Angie Stone, Leona Lewis, and Nelly. She also worked with the 2008 X Factorwinner, Alexander Burke. This song is about someone in prison struggling to survive. Martin uses imagery in the lines, “I’m in my cell 20 hours a day/ And doing push-ups every hour a day/ Cause I’m trying to keep the cowards away/ That’s why I’m marking off the calendar days” to inform the listeners/readers of the prisoner’s daily routine and his desire to see the outside of that prison some day. Martin also writes lines about the prisoner trying to read every chance he got. This supports that the prisoner wanted to change who he was in order to live a better life. Martin uses the phrase “I done fought in a battle, and I done made it this far/ I gotta few more feet, but its still the longest yard” several times throughout the song. These lines are significant because they represent life. Martin is describing that the prisoner has survived up to this point throughout all of his obstacles, but he knows that In the game of monopoly, there are two squares on the board that have to do with jail. One square says Go To Jail while the other is the actual jail. Regardless of the circumstances, sometimes jail is where you end up and you are expected to do your time. In this time you have two choices: you can be bitter and deny that you deserve to be there or you can accept responsibility for your actions and do what you can to change your life for the better. This song shows the prisoner’s true desire to change the man he is; he knows that it’s not going to be easy but he has also made up his mind that he’s going to do whatever it takes to be a better man.Another Chanceby Helen Steiner RiceHow often we wish for another chanceTo make a fresh beginning.A chance to blot out our mistakesAnd change failure into winning.
33It does not take a new dayTo make a brand new start,It only takes a deep desireTo try with all our heart.To live a little betterAnd to always be forgivingAnd to add a little sunshineTo the world in which we’re living.So never give up in despairAnd think that you are through,For there’s always a tomorrowAnd the hope of starting new.Helen Steiner Rice is a Christian poet that was born in Lorain, Ohio, on May 19, 1900. This poem consists of 4 stanzas and each of these stanzas containing 4 lines. This poem also follows an ABCB rhyme scheme. After reading this poem, the audience can come to conclusion that the overall message is about grasping new beginnings in life. This relates to the game of monopoly because every time a chance card is picked up, it could represent a new outcome from the specific card that was picked up. Each of us face challenges in life but we overcome these challenges thanks to certain changes that we make along the way.