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English Assignment

This is an English assignment from Miss Schuske who taught class in the 1960s. It includes songs from popular artists of the time like “Macarthur Park” by Jimmy Webb, “A Day in the Life” by the Beatles, “Long Time Gone” by Crosby, Stills, & Nash, and “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)” by Simon and Garfunkel, “Windmills of your mind” by Alan Bergman and Michael Legrand, and “Spinning Wheel” by Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Each song features lyrics about how life is changing for the worse and reflects the general outlook of the public during this time of counterculture, civil rights, antiwar, etc. movements that said the better days of our time are behind us and our quality of life is now degrading. Students are asked to break down the imagery, word choice, and pronouns of each of the excerpts provided in order to come up with an overall meaning for the song, not unlike activities current UniHigh students are asked to do in Freshman and Sophomore English with songs and poems.However, it appears that this was uncommon for the time as lyrics weren’t as accessible or even considered poems by most people.