November By Tyler The Creator: Poem Analysis

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It was fall when my grandfather died. Sitting in the kitchen one afternoon after school, my mother walked over to me with stained cheeks and delivered the bad news. Sitting there shocked as any child who received this type of news would have. See my grandfather had a long history of alcohol addiction and had been in and out of hospitals before so while shocking, his passing was not out of nowhere. One failed liver, and a few days later I sat on my bed thinking, not sad anymore just at odds. Confused actually why was I not sad still like my mother? My mind was in debate. Yes, his death was tragic but did it affect my life; will I have trouble making it through the days now that he is gone? With only a handful of memories together as his addiction pushed him away from the family for many years I concluded that life would move on. Why would my life change because of someone I barely knew was gone?

“And even though we barely know each other it still hurts watching him fade
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The Song produces a sense of nostalgia to the audience in that for most of the song Tyler raps about wanting to go back “take me back to November” which is a metaphor for a better time in his life. The song works excellently to express how I was feeling during this time, not ready to move on to college I was stuck there wanting to go back not prepared to move on and start over again having to find new friends in college. Towards the end of the track, the idea shifts from thinking about the past to appreciating what you have today, and that change reflects the lesson that I learned in the end. While I had lost many people, I considered the friends that I stayed in contact with after high school, and I was determined to create lasting relationships with them because I now saw the importance of friendships and what happens when you take friendships for

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