Music is poetry.

Song: “Swim (Reprise)” by Valley

In 3 minutes and 53 seconds, Valley’s music has been able to repeatedly strip me from the world I live in, transform the present, broaden my understanding of life, and return me right back to my mom’s car where I often find myself listening to it.

If that isn’t poetry, I don’t know what is.

The melody itself and the way the sound travels through me every time I listen to it could be enough proof that this is poetry in itself. Give it a listen (seriously). But, there’s more. “Swim” is a journey. It’s an experience. And the more I listen to its story, the more I can feel it.

This song, although referencing a friend, is not necessarily about anyone specific. However, it is about a specific experience we all inevitably encounter in our lives. We all have people in our lives that we love. For whatever reason we are bound to them; yet, oftentimes we must watch them fail. We must watch them struggle, but there should be no doubt that the loyalty and love we hold will remain eternal. This song is emphasizing the strength and the hope that committing to a person can give both people involved.

The song opens up by not only highlighting the current conflict with the friend but also the fact that both people are deeply affected by it. By including the metaphor “I’m a drug test and you’re still failing me / All you do is take, take and take,” Valley allows for the listeners to begin to be able to feel what it’s like to be in a situation like this.

Furthermore, by including the “Swim deep, you gotta make it better,” Valley is using imagery to represent the severity of the situation. It’s not easy, but the only way out is through… and the deeper we go, the closer we’ll be.

Lastly, what gives me hope every time I listen to it is the repeated “I’ll be waiting on you forever.” It is not only the repetition of the line that resonates with me, but it’s the inclusion of the pronoun “I” that drags me into the story. By including me, I, as a listener, begin to experience the story itself. And the more I am involved in this story, the more hope I get. It reminds me to never give up. I can wait forever, and I will wait forever.

4 thoughts on “Music is poetry.

  1. ASHBY S.N

    I loved how much I can tell this song means to you by the way you wrote about it! It clearly has made an impact on your life, and the way you view the world. This is something I can relate to when listen to my favorite songs. I believe this is a great indicator that a song is not just music but literature and art. Great job!!!


  2. CASEY M

    I really like your approach to this assignment. The emotional connection is highlighted as a very important factor in poetry. This is conveyed very well because you made it personal and brought in your own experience.


  3. Katarina O.

    I really like how you added an emotional aspect to the song by explaining why it is meaningful to you. I think that how poetry relates to our lives and experiences is an essential part of what makes poetry so impactful and vital. Overall, I enjoyed your unique approach to this song and how it has impacted you.



    I thought the imagery of swimming deeper was extremely interesting to me and made me wonder if it had a double meaning. If one is stuck in a body of water, which represents the bad situation, would one not want to swim up? Maybe the song is alluding to the idea that watching someone worsen drags you down as well. However, I am a strong believer in friendship and being there for a person, so I love the moral and meaning of this song.


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