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Cuilionn Poems set to music (99* d) RE: Poems set to music 12 Jan 10


Aye, Emily Dickenson's fun to sing. One theory I've heard is that her poems fell naturally into the "Common Metre" (meter?)of then-popular hymn tunes. This means you can fit them to a host of tunes, rather like the lyrics to "Amazing Grace" or the theme from "Gilligan's Island."

My favourite: take her maudlin little poem that goes "because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me..."

Now sing it to the tune of "Yellow Rose of Texas." Puts a whole new feeling to it!


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