This study guide will help you analyse the song “The River” by Bruce Springsteen. We will show you examples of elements in the text that will be relevant for your analysis. In these notes, we will focus on composition, characters and narrator, language and style, rhythm and rhyme, imagery and metaphors, theme and message, and on the questions that you find in Targets.
Presentation of the text
Title: “The River”
Author: Bruce Springsteen
Published in: “The River” (album)
Date of Publication: 1981
Bruce Springsteen is an American musician. His songs are famous because of the themes he explores in them, especially the theme of the American working class. The song you have to analyze, “The River”, was inspired by Bruce Springsteen’s sister and her husband.
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