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Please explain the stylistic devices in the song lyrics to "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen

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beneflo | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 23, 2012 at 4:40 AM via web

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Please explain the stylistic devices in the song lyrics to "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen

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thanatassa | College Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 23, 2012 at 5:06 AM (Answer #1)

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Many of the stylistic features of the song have to do with its musical heritage as part of the folk movement of the 1960s in which singer-songwriters attempted to reproduce the musical and lyrical character of tradition English and Celtic folk tunes, often in reaction against the more elaborate commercial styles of music in the period. This style of music was often associated with protest movements and “hippy” lifestyles.

The song belongs to the stylistic category of ballad. It has a four line refrain in a traditional ballad stanza and uses simple, almost monosyllabic language to create a dreamlike air.

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