Sunday, September 3rd, 2017...9:34 pmtarwatel

Meteor, Make Me Young

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Most people consider themselves capable of perceiving what is attainable, accepting of harsh realities, and grounded in the present. When analyzing human behavior, however, it becomes evident how few people fully accept life’s unwavering struggles and disappointments. Through common practices such as religion, superstition, or even relying on a favorite stuffed animal, it is natural to obtain comfort through abstract or nonsensical means in some capacity. What is actually tangible is rarely enough; it is natural to crave indications that humans possess the power to influence or alter life’s tribulations. Whether these feelings are consciously articulated or not, everyone projects their hopes, fears, and insecurities onto unsympathetic and unfeeling objects. In poetry, an aside to an inanimate object, abstract concept, or absent person is referred to as an apostrophe.

As children, it is enforced that wishing on shooting stars, despite their distance from humans’ mundane problems, will actualize dreams and desires. Hop Along’s song “Get Disowned” explores the juvenile concept of wishing on celestial objects through the worldview of a jaded and regretful young adult. The lyrics read as a stream-of- consciousness about the perils of growing up; ruminations about accepting one’s true self, familial issues,poverty, and lost love accumulate in an apostrophe to a meteor in the sky to “make [her] young.” The choice of the word ‘meteor’ is an alternative to the conventional practice of wishing on a shooting star. Meteors are less alluring and more hazardous than shooting stars; this is intentional, as the artist is contrasting her adult self, the formidable “meteor,” with the childish innocence and beauty of the shooting star. This lyric in the apostrophe is extremely cathartic and infectious, due to the universality of desiring lost innocence, despite our rational selves recognizing that its futility.



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  • I enjoyed the complexities of your word choice and the way you explained the relationship of the meteor to the jaded adult versus the shooting star and the innocent child. I definitely want to listen to this song now.

  •   Professor Seiler
    September 6th, 2017 at 8:58 pm

    Lily–this is a great example of apostrophe. Can you imagine a version of your post where you get straight to it, rather than starting with the more general (although well written) first paragraph? In other words, how might staying with the concrete / specific strengthen or develop your insights here? Good start.

  • I’m so glad you chose this song. I had no idea Hop Along existed prior to your post, but now I’ve listened to the album at least three times in a row…
    If the post could be longer, I’d love to know how you pulled meaning from the seemingly “stream-of-consciousness”, as you said, lyrics. It took me quite a bit to understand the allusion to Elvis’s infamous habit of leaving the venue as soon as his concert ended.

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