1. IN THE SONG LYRICS HANDOUT BELOW, Describe the speaker, audience, and rhetorical situation of the poem/song
  2. What metaphor(s), image(s), and/or symbol(s) are important aspects of the figurative meaning of this poem?
  3. How does the poem use its figurative meaning to “communicat[e] much more than what is conveyed literally”?
  4. Use at least one direct quotation from the poem/song to illustrate your analysis. Explain your interpretation thoroughly!

“Summer Skin”
Works Cited page citation: Death Cab for Cutie. “Summer Skin.” Plans, Atlantic, 2005.
Parenthetical reference format: (Death x) [x=the line number(s) of your quote]
Squeaky swings and tall grass
The longest shadows ever cast
The water’s warm and children swim
And we frolicked about in our summer skin

I don’t recall a single care
Just greenery and humid air
Then Labor Day came and went
And we shed what was left of our summer skin

On the night you left I came over
And we peeled the freckles from our shoulders
Our brand new coats were so flushed and pink
And I knew your heart I couldn’t win
Cause the season’s change was a conduit
And we’d left our love in our summer skin

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