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Creative Writing
Mrs. Ward

Wooden Heart - Listener Analysis
~ (lyric video)
This spoken word piece is about the human condition, and our corrupt nature. The ship refers to him, and the ocean is a metaphor for life. His fears, lies and nightmares (standard red devils and white ghosts) binding him, but they’re also the only thing keeping him together while the ocean “tosses him like leaves in this weather.” His dreams are sails, and they point him to his hopes and dreams in life. He says he built his own heart out of wood, and placed it inside himself (the iron ship), as he sails through the struggles in life (blood red seas), and finds his place in life. He’s not letting the struggles in life (waves) destroy his hopes and dreams. He says he believes in both anchors and saviors a line apart, so I’m assuming they are synonymous. His life is falling apart, but he still believes in whatever anchor is in his life, while he’s “sinking”. When he says he is pulling the rotten wood out of his heart, he means he’s letting go of the emotional baggage in his heart, so he can pursue his dreams. “We are all made out of shipwrecks, every single bouard washed and bound like crooked teeth on these rocky shores” That line is saying that we are all the person we are today because of our mistakes, and we’re all barely making it through life by ourselves. At this point in the poem, he starts referring to a community making it through together, rather than sailing through life just by himself. The line “we only have what we remember”, that repeats several times throughout the poem, states that if we didn’t have what we remember, we would just repeat the mistakes that we made in our past. “I am the barely living son of a woman and man who barely made it.” this line is basically repeating the very first line of the poem: “We’re all born to broken people on their most honest day... Show More

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