The Anchor

Metaphorical analysis creates an image in the audience’s mind. We typically understand a metaphor as one thing that represents another. In the text, Osborn mentions about the five functions, the process of how rhetoric, including metaphor, has influence on the audience. Within the five functions, the rhetoric would manipulate people’s mind, unify, stimulate them to participate in the activity, and make its specific parts universally well known. These functions would be related with each other and make a circle throughout the history. There are two pieces to a metaphor; the first is is called tenor, which essentially is the concept and how we (the audience) understand it. The other piece is the vehicle, this takes something that is difficult to understand and makes it concrete.

In this instance, the anchor represents that one thing that brings us back to sanity. When nothing is going right or things become too overwhelming or our self-doubt clouds our brain – the anchor keeps us from drifting.

Let those fools be loud

Let alarms ring out

‘Cause you cut through all the noise 

Let the days be dark

Let me hate my work

‘Cause you cut through all the noise

* * *

Bring me some hope

By wandering into my mind

Something to hold onto

Morning, noon, day, or night

The Anchor is the closing track to Wild World even if, ironically, its message is open to the listener, with Dan’s voice asking for help, for an anchor to hold on to. The song speaks to someone who is the ultimate point of reference when we’re lost, someone who can bring us hope when everything seems to be senseless. It’s a way to close the album with some positivity, as a sort of reminder to us all saying that, even though this world quite too often seems to be wild, we have hope by our side, which is the best cure to whatever happens on Earth – right or wrong.

You are the light that is blinding me

You’re the anchor that I tied to my brain

‘Cause when it feels like I’m lost at sea

You’re the song I sing again and again

All the time, all the time

I think of you all the time

In an interview Dan explains, “The whole new album sort of goes between contemplating how difficult the world can be and how crazy things can seem, but also looking at the good that’s in the world. I think that juxtaposition is illustrative of even in your darkest moments, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, so to speak.”

Seeing as this is the final blog post for “Wild World,” I thought that it should end the same way the album does. “Wild World” addresses our internal and external surroundings through a mixture of bombast and balladry. And while it may be a wild world, it is necessary for us to allow for self-preservation and have the ability to hold on to something that can keep us grounded. ∆

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References:

Osborn, Michael. “The Trajectory of My Work with Metaphor” (2009): 79-87. Southern Communication Journal Vol. 74

https://genius.com/Bastille-the-anchor-lyrics#note-10458448

Smith, Dan. Bastille. “Wild World”. Produced by Dan Smith & Mark Crew. Retrieved 2016-09-15. Virgin Records Ltd 2016.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jn3ZhfG7nJo

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4 thoughts on “The Anchor

  1. I think that this post should be the thesis for your entire paper, the last paragraph mainly. The last paragraph is brilliant, absolutely brilliant. It is a shame I have not read the rest of your blog but it seems to be that this is a feelgood album. This blogs conclusion would work great as the thesis if you put some more examples from the album of what Bastilles message is, and try to incorporate some of the other methods into it.

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