Poetic LyricPlease provide with a song with poetic lyric and explain identify the poetic parts and define the meaning of it ( such as ironic part of it )

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From Bob Dylan's "It's All Right Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)":

Darkness at the break of noon
Shadows even the silver spoon                                        The handmade blade, the child’s balloon                                                           Eclipses both the sun and moon

To understand you know too soon
There is no sense in trying

Pointed threats, they bluff with scorn
Suicide remarks are torn
From the fool’s gold mouthpiece the hollow horn
Plays wasted words, proves to warn
That he not busy being born is busy dying

Temptation’s page flies out the door
You follow, find yourself at war
Watch waterfalls of pity roar
You feel to moan but unlike before
You discover that you’d just be one more
Person crying

So don’t fear if you hear
A foreign sound to your ear
It’s alright, Ma, I’m only sighing

 

 

The lyric is difficult to understand, even in context, but the song is generally about conformity, hypocrisy and the superficiality of American culture. I've always thought it was one of the great songs ever written, and a real work of poetry, even though it's also one of the most cynical. Structurally, the rhyming scheme is AAAAAB CCCCCB DDDDDB, and Dylan basically recites it without taking a break between lines. These lines from the song aren't even the most famous, but they're probably my favorites.

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