My text is from the lyrics of a song written by a band called â€œunwritten lawâ€ which falls into the punk rock genre. The song is called â€œcailinâ€ which is written by the main singer Scott. The song compromises the bands normal style of play by using a softer more melodic, slow paced style of music instead of their regular high energy power-pop style which makes it stand out further in their self titled album â€œunwritten lawâ€. .
The text is about the changes the lead singer experienced when he had his child. The song describes the empty feelings he possessed before the child came to his life, and his transitional feelings, from despair to the hope he feels after the child is born.
Through the medium of the song â€œcailinâ€, the persona expresses his changed emotion through the catalyst of his daughter who gives him new meaning for life, which transforms him into a better person.
The emphasis of the song is drawn from the context of the lead singer Scottâ€™s relationship with his daughter, therefore the lyrics and music represent the intention of a real relationship and its transforming effect on the persona.
The emotive aspect of the poem is expressed through the 1st and 2nd person perspective. The listener is put in the position of the person experiencing change, the â€œIâ€ and the person causing the change the â€œyouâ€ as the father singing to his daughter. This positions the listener to empathise with the fatherâ€™s feelings and desire to â€œkeep his little girlâ€.
The change in self is expressed through contrasting imagery. The opening image of a hellish world is evoked by the quote â€œworld was looking dark it felt so cold and greyâ€. This expresses feelings, emotion, thoughts and confusion which is where the persona reflects on his feelings and starts to question his value and meaning for life.
This moment of despair continues when the persona uses features such as colloquial language in the quote â€œwhy the hell am I even here, whatâ€™s the purposeâ€.