I rather prefer reading a good book or writing a sarcastic and witty poem rather than going to party. Then turn back the covers and climb into your bed, and, whack! Its laughter and its loving I disdain. That has been so effective ever since. A big thanks to Thelma Campbell at who first introduced me to the poem. Defiant is the perfect word to describe it. In the second stanza, he says 'I've built a wall, a fortress deep and mighty. Through this the is sending messages to let the reader know that love can be a journey and therefore it is better to it rather than risk falling in love, or even becoming quite close, to another person.
If you think of yourself as a rock and a island in your mind you separate yourself of being human, and you would use it as a defense mechanism to suppress your painful emotions and avoid dealing with them, it is a common truth that whatever relationship we get ourselves involved in we will suffer adversity from it at some point, so this song is a story about a Man who can not deal with life and people anymore and wants to hide from the world and everyone in it, because he doesn't know how to deal nor cope with his feelings, rejection and conflict with others so his solution is seclusion and to fantasize of being an object that has no emotions. Loneliness affects everyone at some point in time during their life, and each person handles the feeling in their own way. I think this song is about a person who has been hurt in the past and wants to run away from events like this happening in the future by isolating himself and not allowing himself to get attached to others. I am a rock, I am an island. It's a healthy way to release tension and frustration. It was actually kind of scary, but it's still one of my favorite songs. Feel left out of everything.
But the music tells us it is not so horrible after all. Are we to sympathise with these feelings or are these the words of an anipathic, Holden Caufield kind of person whom we should despise or mock rather than identify with. Inpenetrable walls keep unwanted things out: bad feelings, love, etc. You wake up from sleep. I don't think he's saying it like in your face. The heart, given enough time, will become hard and incapable of any feeling. I've built walls, A fortress deep and mity That none may penetrate I have no need of friendship friendship causes pain It's laughter and loving I disdain I am a rock, I am an island Don't talk of love but I've heard the word before It's sleeping in my memory I won't disturb the slumber of the feelings that have died If I never loved I never would have cried I am a rock, I am an island I have my books and my poetry to protect me I am shielded in my armour Hiding in my room, safe within my womb, I touch no one and no one touches me.
Defiant up until the end, then there is a palpable sadness and loneliness. General CommentI have just been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at the age of forty and can really relate to this song. Your memory will always come back. Then when you are finished dump me on the floor. It's hard not to suspect that Simon is aloof and, to a large extent, alienated.
I enjoyed this poem because I thought it has a clear, understandable meaning. I am a rock, I am an island And a rock feels no pain, and an island never cries. Imagery - giving structure vivid language used to express his feelings By. Just ten years ago, it was like 1 in 100, and Thirty years ago it was 1 in 2500 or something like that. And a rock feels no pain; And an island never cries. Most do not have empathy for others or do not understand it totally.
Because of this, he excludes him self from friendships and romantic relationships with everyone. I am a rock, full of hope without a dope O death! General Commentwow talk about over analyzing. It is possible that this song has to do with how Simon veiwed his potentially Aspie friend Garfunkle. If this song was about a small portion of society, or some particular group, it would never have been so popular. The ending though, seems to me, that is a bit of sadness. He was saying he was an island. He takes all the credit.
It kind of reaches out to me when I feel lonely. C I am a rock, G C I am an is-land. Like saying, if you don't want me, I don't want you. It sounds like hes just using various imagery to describe the will to be locked up. It's far from autobiographical, as Paul Simon was doing his best to write a hit song with this effort, and didn't write it for himself.
Paul Simon sang the figure he wanted me to play between verses and asked me to play it in thirds. Often, though they want friends, they simply cannot make them, and instead lose themselves in their own little world by absorbing themselves in books, or poetry, or reaserch. I am a rock; I am an island. I Am a Rock I Am a Rock A winter's day In a deep and dark December I am alone Gazing from my window To the streets below On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow. Dm F G7 I touch no one and no one touches me. I am a rock, I am an island. Both Simon and Garfunkel are Jews.
I have my books And my poetry to protect me; I am shielded in my armor, Hiding in my room, safe within my tomb. I felt lonely all my life, was smart, but clumsy, only wanted one friend at at time. It's laughter and it's loving I disdain. The few lines also show that by building a fortress he has made long-term decisions on love and his relationship with people. Simon's voice is the lead on this, but Garfunkel can clearly be heard singing harmony and unison parts. Its just that it can be hurtful and frustrating when you are really not able to pick up on social cues and come across as weird because of it. I learned to read at four, but mom taught me.
I use the prayer rock poem with small rocks wrapped in cloth and tied at the top with ribbon. The song was very popular there in 1966, but the chart position suffered because the sales of the single were diluted by multiple releases. They stay in their fortress, like a turtle drawn into its armored shell. Dm Em Dm Em I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain. Dm F G7 It's laughter and it's loving I disdain. Sorry if pointing this out looks rude or nit-picky. I am a rock; I am an island.