I only got one album out homie. One album out. Hot 97 Interview on "Control" by Kendrick Lamar

Easiest annotation of the day:

Good Kid m.A.A.d. city

Worth noting the humility in repeating that he’s only one album into his career. Snoop, in comparison, has 12 albums and counting.

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We black men out here trying to uplift the culture Hot 97 Interview on "Control" by Kendrick Lamar

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A four foot box, a foot for every year. Mid-Term Break by Seamus Heaney

A starkly direct ‘punchline’ to the poem, deservedly on its own line. Four feet denotes a child’s coffin, indirectly telling us that the dead child was four years of age.

The absence of adjectives and bland use of ‘box’ for coffin maintains a stark, detached tone. Which, I think successfully, creates poignancy.

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The other reason I wasn't down at the game was because I was on my way to say good-by to old Spencer, my history teacher The Catcher in the Rye (Chap. 1) by J.D. Salinger

Potential symbolism? The history teacher could represent Holden’s past, which he claims he is willing to let go of (saying ‘good-by’). Which is ironic considering just how much time he spends deliberating over past events. Yet another Caulfield contradiction.

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Where I want to start telling The Catcher in the Rye (Chap. 1) by J.D. Salinger

Holden signposts his insecurity by not being able to take control of his narrative. He WANTS to start at a particular place, but doesn’t just do it. He has to tell us that he ‘wants’ to, which makes us aware of the artificiality of his narrative.

Arguably, this is more natural and conversational than a direct, controlled, ‘it all started when…“ On the other hand, it could be read as jarring and uncomfortable. You decide.

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It killed me The Catcher in the Rye (Chap. 1) by J.D. Salinger

Another Caulfield catchphrase. A casual colloquialism, but the dark, homicidal undertones make it clear that there is a self-loathing and potential violence lurking in the subtext.

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One of those little English jobs that can do around two hundred miles an hour. It cost him damn near four thousand bucks. The Catcher in the Rye (Chap. 1) by J.D. Salinger

These details confirm how aware Holden is of the world(s) around him, including aspects of society that he (ostensibly) detests. He is clued up and, moreover, intent upon making us aware of his social acumen.

I have friends like this.

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But I don't feel like going into it The Catcher in the Rye (Chap. 1) by J.D. Salinger

Ironic, and deeply insecure, seeing that he is most definitely ‘going into it’ by way of a lengthy diatribe.

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Or emptied some dull opiate to the drains Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

Each of the first three lines has referred to some sense of drowsiness or drunk state. Keats is very quickly establishing a melancholic tone.

Interestingly enough, this ‘dull’ state is achieved through artificial means, which suggests a self-destruction. Well aware of his own mortality, it is unsurprising that Keats fixates on the dulling of his senses.

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And a drowsy numbness pains Ode to a Nightingale by John Keats

A lack of vitality is something of a theme in Keats' poetry. Either that, or he’s high on opiates. Or both… as the next line suggests.

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