Write an essay in which you argue whether or not “Rocky Raccoon” (lyrics copied
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Write an essay in which you argue whether or not “Rocky Raccoon” (lyrics copied below) can be classified as a traditional ballad (please make sure you consider both structure and content in making your argument). Keep in mind — both folk and literary ballads have a common, traditional ballad structure, so I’m not asking you to identify whether this is a folk ballad or literary ballad. Support your view with evidence from the text and your knowledge about traditional ballad structure.
Everything you need to know is in my lecture on ballad structure. Please do not research this on the Web.
Note: while you are not expected to be able to scan a line of poetry for meter, you are expected to be able to count the number of syllables per line to tell whether or not a poetic line adheres to the line length requirements for the ballad stanza form. Focus your writing on your analysis of the poem. Please do not regurgitate history of the crafting of the song from the Internet. While I am sure this is captivating to some, it’s not relevant to this particular assignment. The purpose of this exercise is to test whether or not you can apply your knowledge about ballad form in discussing this piece of writing.
Introduction – orients the reader to the subject and contains a clearly- stated thesis (10 pts.)
Body – presents the argument in a lucid and organized fashion. Each paragraph has a controlling idea. The majority of elements associated with ballad structure as presented in the course lecture are considered in the analysis. The author provides evidence from the text to support his or her argument. (60)
Conclusion – wraps up argument and restates thesis. (5 pts.)
Evidence of editing: (35)
Paper contains no unnecessary first-person reference (e.g. “In my opinion,” “I think”)
Periods and commas appear inside of quotation marks.
Pronouns and antecedents agree.
No presence of informal language.
The title of the poem/song is enclosed in quotation marks, not italicized or underlined.
Comma splices, fragments, and run-on sentences have been eliminated.
No spelling errors or homonym errors.
“Rocky Raccoon” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Now, somewhere in the black mountain hills of Dakota
There lived a young boy named Rocky Raccoon,
And one day his woman ran off with another guy.
He hit young Rocky in the eye.
Rocky didn’t like that. He said, “I’m gonna get that boy.”
So, one day he walked into town
Booked himself a room in the local saloon.
Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
Only to find Gideon’s bible.
Rocky had come equipped with a gun
To shoot off the legs of his rival.
His rival, it seems, had broken his dreams
By stealing the girl of his fancy.
Her name was Magill, and she called herself Lil,
But everyone knew her as Nancy.
Now, she and her man, who called himself Dan,
Were in the next room at the hoedown.
Rocky burst in and grinning a grin
He said, “Danny boy this is a showdown.”
But Daniel was hot. He drew first and shot
And Rocky collapsed in the corner.
Now, the doctor came in stinking of gin
And proceeded to lie on the table.
He said, “Rocky you met your match.”
And Rocky said, “Doc it’s only a scratch
And I’ll be better, I’ll be better Doc as soon as I am able.”
And now Rocky Raccoon, he fell back in his room
Only to find Gideon’s bible.
Gideon checked out, and he left it, no doubt,