Celebrating and analyzing the “Rain”

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Purple Rain
As the sixth grade students move through the poetry month of April, they have taken some time to explore one of the most mysterious and intriguing song lyrics from recent decades. With the passing of pop icon Prince on Thursday, students took on an impromptu challenge of finding out what Purple Rain could actually mean.
Purple rain study
The task was set up to establish a hypothesis that could fit within all the verses of the song. The lyrics were put up on the smartboard and the class conducted a lyric analysis. The process displayed some highly insightful critical thinking, and deeper understanding of figurative language.
Some of the findings:
Purple represents a mixture of red (passion) and blue (calm)
Purple represents friendship
Purple Rain is a place: happy, safe, friendly
The “Rain” is ironic – it usually represents sadness but if purple means happiness, then the rain could mean being showered (or saturated) in happiness

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 27:  Musician Prince performs onstage at the 2006 BET Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on June 27, 2006 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

I only want to see you saturated in happiness is a beautiful sentiment but maybe doesn’t quite have the same pizzazz or parsimony as the original chorus line!