Lost Generation

By Jonathan Reed

"And all of this will come true unless we choose to REVERSE IT"

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Situation

This poem emphasizes the struggle the speaker has being apart of a generation that receives a lot of turmoil, but is rarely appreciated or praised. The poem is a response that sets a tone of "fed up," and makes the reader feel obligated to respect the intentions of the speaker.

“Happiness comes from within” Is a lie, and “Money will make me happy”

Structure

A 32-line palindrome poem that addresses that perspective of the world on today's generation of youth then turns around to get the generation's opinion on these criticisms. Simple sentences that contain various enjambments and end-stopped lines that increase in significance when the poem is reversed. The title "Lost Generation" explains the perception that toady's current generation is unable to find its way, doesn't know where it belongs, has forgotten many moral concepts.

Musical Devices

There is a irregular rhyme scheme that make the poem more formal and up front. This is reinforced by a pattern of unstressed syllables.

Language

"Lost Generation," is a poem that is written colloquially . There are standard "big words" used like "lethargic," apathetic," and "concede" that help that mature nature of the speaker be recognized. No allusions are presented, but imagery is put in place. The reader assumes that older generations see the young generation " 30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce," and "...I will tell my children they are not the most important thing in my life." These examples help the reader see glimpses of what older generations may predict.

"There is hope"

Literal

I am part of a lost generation - Speaker uses this concept to refer to what backlash has tried to claim.

and I refuse to believe that

I can change the world - The new generation has been gawked to believe that they are hopeless in morally conducting themselves correctly.

I realize this may be a shock but

“Happiness comes from within.”

is a lie, and

“Money will make me happy.”

So in 30 years I will tell my children

they are not the most important thing in my life


My employer will know that - After palindrome effect takes place a sarcastic tone is held to address the assumption that the speaker's generation has no cultural or heretical values.

I have my priorities straight because

work

is more important than

family

I tell you this

Once upon a time

Families stayed together

but this will not be true in my era

This is a quick fix society

Experts tell me

30 years from now, I will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of my divorce


I do not concede that - Reassures doubters that there is greatness about this generation and they will construct the world of the future.

I will live in a country of my own making

In the future

Environmental destruction will be the norm

No longer can it be said that

My peers and I care about this earth

It will be evident that

My generation is apathetic and lethargic

It is foolish to presume that

There is hope.


And all of this will come true unless we choose to reverse it. - Allows reader to see response in a perspective.

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