Music Poetry (Citizen of the Planet) by Alanis Morisstette

Album name: Flavors of Entanglement 

Overall I like how Alanis makes this song about how she experiences the world and sings us about how she feels different being exposed to new culture one after another.

(little context this album which was made in 2008 is filled with a pop and rock/sad and anger like energy with songs like Citizen of the Planet, Straitjacket, Versions of Violence as the rock/anger segment and Not as we,Torch, Incomplete as the pop/sad segment of the album during her break up in engagement that lasted three years)

Link if you’re interested: https://lyrics.lyricfind.com/ 

I think the central idea of this song is about how Alanis moves to America and explores what is different compared to Canada as she sang in one line, “Then I move across the sea  To European bliss  To language of poets  As I cut the cord of home I kiss my mother’s mother  Look to the horizon  Wide eyed, new ground  Humbled by my surroundings”  

Personification:  2:36 “Democracy’s kids are sovereign  Where the teachers are sages  And pedestals filled with every parent ”

The personification is that she is comparing people to control the government and compares teachers as leaders and wise she also compares parent’s as pedestals meaning that children look up to them and glorify them.

Imagery: 1:02 

“Then I fly back to my nest  I fly back with my nuclear.  But everything is different”

She gives the image of seeing how she feels different after coming back from America when she first left Canada.


alliteration:  0:38

“Then I move across the sea  To European bliss  To language of poets” 

She makes the alliteration of this because of poetry originating in Europe and from her having to move across Canada to Europe overseas.