The Times They Are A-Changin Analysis
Here Dylan connotes more of a personal address to the parents who are the biggest influence on their children’s lives. Dylan’s line, “Your sons and your daughters Are beyond your command”, represents his attitude that we are living in a different world from what our parents lived in and that your sons and daughters are rebelling and protesting and parents should be open minded and encourage not discourage them. Dylan goes on to say, “Your old road is rapidly agin”, that your old ways won’t work anymore.
In the final stanza, “The line is drawn The curse it is cast”, is effectively used to demonstrate the belief that the time is now and direct change is imminent. Dylan implies that the civil rights movement can no longer be ignored, changes need to happen now. Little did Dylan know that the changes he was talking about actually happened the same year the song was released. In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights