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    Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    Hi all:
    I was reading a excerpt by Francis Spufford about the words of the song "Imagine" by John Lennon and found this part that I did not understand:
    "teased and coiffed nylon monument". I would appreciate your help.
    The text goes like this:

    "consider the teased and coiffed nylon monument that is “Imagine”: surely the My Little Pony of philosophical statements."
    (https://jamesmacmillan.wordpress.com...at-is-imagine/)


    Ok, I get the overall idea that the author doesn't like the song, but, ¿what is he specifically meaning with "teased and coiffed monument"?
    ¿Some ridiculized and artificially inflated monument?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    Hi jiho,

    Yes, as you gathered, the reviewer definitely doesn't like the song. My interpretation is as follows:

    The "teased and coiffed" element relates to an overworked hairstyle. This later ties into the words "My Little Pony...." referring to the plastic horses for children in various colours with long bright, and false, "nylon" hair.

    "monument": If you were being kind you might interpret this as meaning his legacy to the world. If you were being very harsh you could take it to mean his tombstone.

    Others may have other views, but that's how it appears to me at present.

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    Re: Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    jiho, your previous threads show that you are aware that ¿ is not an English punctuation mark.

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    Re: Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    not a teacher

    I largely agree with Eckaslike. However, the writer does say "… the… monument that is Imagine", so it seems to me that it's the song itself that is being referred to. I feel the suggestion here is that the song, while it has attained a certain enduring status in popular culture, has some of the overly solemn, even pompous elements that are sometimes associated with public monuments.
    Last edited by JMurray; 07-Jul-2015 at 07:02. Reason: typo

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    Re: Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    Yes! My Spanish shows up inadvertently sometimes…
    Thank you.

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    Re: Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    Thank you all for your replies!

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    Re: Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    Hi JMurray,

    Thanks for your view on this. Yes, I totally agree with you that it is his song, "Imagine", which is being referred to as a "monument". Like you, I also meant his legacy or tombstone in the form of that song. Sorry, I didn't state it as "Imagine" was the subject of the article in question.

    To me though, the solemnity and pompousness implied by the use of the word "monument" is being used as sarcasm. In general terms monuments are important things, be they legacies or stone columns, which have some form endurance, or permanence, or lasting meaning. The writer clearly doesn't feel that about this song, hence the sarcasm. If the author is from Britain I would say that this interpretation is also quite possible, as I know we tend to use sarcasm far more here than in other forms of English.

    That is then reinforced immediately by his use of, "the My Little Pony of philosophical statements.".

    It's interesting that so few words can have so many meanings! No wonder you had difficulty with this jiho. Thanks JMurray, I enjoyed reading your interpretation of it.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 07-Jul-2015 at 08:40.

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    Re: Teased and coiffed nylon monument

    It is a great phrase.

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