Kylie Schluter English 218 Professor Renfrow November 12, 2010 Word Count: 968 “Concrete Angel” “Concrete Angel” is a song written by Rob Crosby and Stephanie Bentley. This song was sung by Martina McBride and released in 2002. This song can be looked at as a poem with a lot of meaning behind it. A little girl who was abused violently tries to hide the scars and bruises but still managed to deal with the pain. Taking a look behind the words of this poem will help readers understand how the little girl is being portrayed by means of imagery, repetition, metaphors, mood, and even the meaning of the title “Concrete Angel. Rob Crosby and Stephanie Bentley us a lot of imagery throughout this song which gives readers a clear image of what the little girl is going through. In the first quatrain of this song Crosby and Bentley portray the little girl going to school and “hiding the bruises with the linen and lace of her dress. ” Picturing a little girl walking to school with no one to reach out to begins to set the mood for this song. A young child who is abused can be very complicated. They don’t want anyone to know what is happening and are afraid to tell because of what may happen when they get back home.
Or maybe they feel like it is their fault that they are being hit or verbally abused because they just don’t understand. The little girl in this song tries to be strong but is dying inside. Crosby and Bentley quote “she is in a world that she can’t rise above. ” This is a very strong quote for this song because it explains that she can’t do anything about the abuse however she is trying to deal with the pain but it is hard being so small and powerless when no one is there to help. “Somebody cries in the moon of the night, the neighbors hear but they turn out the light. This quote gives readers a clear explanation as well as an image of a helpless child who is basically on her own. She keeps trying to go on with her life but things get worse day by day and help never comes. Crosby and Bentley portray the girl as a “statue in a shaded place” and begin to explain the stone with her name on it. This little angel could not get help and even though her teachers and neighbors knew what was happening she never got a chance to rise above the abuse. Crosby and Bentley also use a lot of repetition throughout this song.
When readers come across the first line of the chorus the authors portray the girl “standing hard as a stone…concrete angel. ” This sets a defying sound for the song as well as giving an image of a child dying inside. Martina McBride does a great job singing this song because of her powerful voice and using the repetition of three quatrains involving the words “concrete angel. ” This gives a clear path for readers to better understand what is happening and what is going to happen. Yes, it would be better if the little girl was saved in the end but in this case she dies an unfortunate death.
Metaphors are used throughout this song and give readers emotional images to help better understand what is occurring. Crosby and Bentley use metaphors like “It’s hard to see the pain behind the mask. ” The little girl isn’t actually wearing a mask but because she is trying to hide the pain and acts like nothing is wrong so the word mask is used in the place of the pain that she is hiding. Another metaphor that is used is when the authors say that “her dreams give her wings and she flies to a place where she’s loved. The little girl doesn’t necessarily have wings and is flying to a different place but the authors give an image of the girl dying and going to heaven. The last metaphor discussed is when Crosby and Bentley portray the girl as “standing hard as a stone. ” Again the little girl is not necessarily a stone but the authors portray her as lifeless. The metaphors discussed above help give a path to understand in a deeper meaning about the little girl coping with hardships and her unfortunate death. The mood of this song is obviously sad but ends happily for the little girl.
Because she had been through so much with abuse and neglect she no longer suffers and is now in heaven where she can be happy for eternity. The mood sets a slow and calm rhythm for this song. This song is comprised of seven quatrains with three repeated choruses. The lines of this song have uneven syllables which tend to drag the song out making the rhythm as well as the beat slow. Because of the uneven syllables there really is no stress pattern however most of the syllables are unstressed. The beginning words of the lines tend to be stressed but the end of the lines tend to be unstressed which gives the song a calming vibe.
Taking a look behind the words of this poem helps readers understand how a little girl is portrayed by means of imagery, repetition, metaphors, mood, and even the meaning of the title “Concrete Angel. ” After taking a closer look into this song, the title has a clear meaning. “Concrete Angel” is about a little girl who was violently abused during her short life. In the end the little girl dies but Crosby and Bentley do a good job using words with a larger meaning. They describe the little girl “flying to a place where she’s loved” meaning she’s happily in heaven for eternity.