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"Puff, the Magic Dragon" and the Value of Literary Analysis

Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary responds to the urban legend that his song “Puff, the Magic Dragon” is an extended metaphor for drug use. He then mockingly applies the critical lens of drug metaphors to The Star-Spangled Banner, before the group launches into “Puff.”  During the song, we see a montage of people in the audience of all ages singing along; the unspoken message is clearly “Don’t analyze,…