Friday, December 14, 2018

A 15 Year Old Prodigy?

At fifteen years old, Billie Eilish has managed to have an acclaimed debut EP, a sold out tour, and over three million monthly streams on Spotify. She has accomplished all of her fame within two years and at fifteen years old proving her resilience and talent.

Her angelic voice doesn't match her appearance, yet the somber and sadistic themes of her lyrics exemplify the sadness and vulnerability she feels within life and society. She feels restricted by many aspects society and that her fame has set on her, but she continues to stay true to herself within everything.

In her song, Idon'twannabeyouanymore, Eilish speaks to the stereotypes and constructs society is stained with.

     If teardrops could be bottled
     There'd be swimming pools filled by models
     Told "a tight dress is what makes you a whore"
     If "I love you" was a promise
     Would you break it, if you're honest?
     Tell the mirror what you know she's heard before
     I don't wanna be you...

She speaks of the unseen pressure that everyone feels. The title of the song helps emphasize this, there are no spaces among the six words, which makes the reader do a double take when trying to encode what is being said. She also uses assonance in this stanza, which makes the phrases more cohesive and imitates the structure of villanelle/sonnets. 

There is also personification within this stanza as she compares the "teardrops in a bottle" to "swimming pools filled with models". This is powerful because it parallels the teardrops and sadness to the models - which are the ideal standards that society has placed on us. 

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