Many of the songs on Seven Swans tell stories directly from the Bible. "Abraham" references the bible story wherein Abraham is tested by God and told to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Abraham is, at the last moment and with knife in hand, stopped by an angel and instead sacrifices a ram to God and the final song, "Transfiguration", a "the bittersweet note of Jesus' requisite suffering".
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... Collini's lyrics are filled with references to people and places from the past, mostly from the Italian years of lead ... Among the political figures mentioned on the album are Enver Hoxha, Georgi Dimitrov, Rosa Luxemburg, Malcolm X, Antonio Gramsci, Alexander Dubček, Maximilien Robespierre, Enrico Berlinguer, Marco Pannella, Ronald Reagan, Karl Marx, Ho Chi Minh, Che Guevara, Dolores Ibárruri, Josip Broz Tito, Kim Il Sung and Vladimir Lenin ...
"Thematic elements", or "thematic material", is a term used by the Motion Picture Association of America and other film ratings boards to highlight elements of a film that do not fit into the traditional categories such as violence, sex, drug use and language, but may involve some degree of malcontent. This rating reason raises a warning to parents and guardians to learn more about a film before they allow their children to view it. These thematic elements include death, discrimination, defiance, child abuse, coming-of-age issues, verbal abuse, disability, abortion, religion, and other serious subjects or mature discussions that some parents and guardians feel may not be appropriate for their young children. Films with strong thematic elements include The Cider House Rules, Juno, The Aviator, The Color Purple, In Her Shoes, I Love You Phillip Morris, My Girl, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The Hunger Games, Warrior, A Beautiful Mind, and 42. Mild thematic elements appear in many other PG and PG-13-rated drama and, primarily, documentary films.
Thematic material may also contain 'different' violent sequences. These may consist of brief shots of strong violence, a muted background while the scene is taking place to add drama, or quick, fast-paced violence.
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“The poem has a social effect of some kind whether or not the poet wills it to have. It has kinetic force, it sets in motion ... [ellipsis in source] elements in the reader that would otherwise be stagnant.”
—Denise Levertov (b. 1923)