Post Modern and Contemporary Period in the United States Essay

2209 Words Aug 21st, 2010 9 Pages
The 1960s-1970s, the Peace Movement, the Hippie Movement, the Antiwar Movement, the Protest Movement, the Civil Rights Movement, the Postmodern and Contemporary period; These names, periods, epochs, eras, and movements all have different meanings, however they refer to the same time in history and the emotions related to it. For these purposes it will simply be called the Postmodern and Contemporary period in the United States. This epoch was one of peace, individualism, spiritualism, unity, change, progress, mass harmonic assemblies, war, death, destruction, discontent, fear, hope, expression, free speech, questioning, and development of the arts. The emotions of the period are now trapped in the literature and art we see today. …show more content…
As Anthony Scaduto writes, Bob Dylan's songs created a "feeling of hopelessness and helplessness a feeling that the world was screwed up and that we should hate the people responsible for it." Many people liked changes Dylan was going through at this time. He started feeling that instead of searching for answers to the old problems, "one must turn one's back on the problems, rejecting easy formulas and easy solutions, search deep inside oneself instead" (Scaduto). A hit song of his, "Blowin' in the Wind", "pointed the finger" at the tribulations of our society (Scaduto). Due to the use of vague metaphors throughout the poem such as "the answer my friend is blowin' in the wind", one can translate the poem to mean almost anything, and people most certainly did. "Blowin' in the Wind" became an "understated song [that] summed up the passions of the time." (Shelton). The song became a "civil rights anthem", "anti war anthem", and "counterculture song of praise" (Shelton). In the poem, Dylan asks "How many road must a man walk down before you can call him a man?" This metaphor asks what it will take for a man (particularly an African American man) to be treated equally as everyone else. Dylan continues this antiracism theme by asking "how many

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