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HUM 100 Black Hills State University Poetic Aspects of Songs and Musical Aspects of Poems Essay

Hum 100

Black Hills State University

HUM

Question Description

I’m stuck on a Poetry question and need an explanation.

Response needs to be 3 to 4 full pages. Full essay with intro, body, and conclusion.

Using your search engine, find and listen to Johann Sebastian Bach's "Joy," listen to (and perhaps watch) Stravinsky's "Right of Spring, and watch/listen to John Cage’s “4’33.” Also be sure to read each of the poems I have provided for you as part of this week's reading. This prompt is a good bit more abstract but should allow for some interesting creative thought and connections on your part: discuss how you see each of the musical pieces here reflecting aspects of "poetry" (it may be in both a literal and a metaphorical sense); then, from the poetry, select at least 3 poems (you may select more) and discuss in the same fashion how they are "musical" (again, perhaps both literally in some ways and metaphorically in others. An ancillary question may be how does "pure music" (no lyrics) suggest words, especially poetically, and how do poetic words suggest "song." You might wish to discuss such elements as rhythm, lines, sounds beyond rhythm only, silence, ambient sound, regularity, irregularity, motifs, themes, or much, much more. Sporre's book should be helpful both with poetry and with music: what does he say about both that connect them in the ways you are examining them?

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Final Answer

Here... I am creating a final version with referenced songs and poems.

RUNNING HEAD: POEMS AND MUSIC

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Poems and Music:
Poetic aspects of songs and Musical Aspects of Poems
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POETIC ASPECTS OF SONGS AND MUSICAL ASPECTS OF POEMS

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Poetic aspects of songs and Musical Aspects of Poems
Poems have some elements that enhance their musicality while narrating. Songs also
have some features that make them poetic. Poems are made to give a deeper meaning in a few
words, and this is a feature that some songs can reflect. Some aspects of poetry such as the use of
stanzas overlap with the usage of verses in music (Shaffer, 1982). The distancing or words while
narrating a poem can be clear from a written poem in points where commas, full stops, Colons,
and spaces between stanzas show some gap (Dayan, 2011). There are many features of a poem
that show its musicality and many elements of a song that makes it poetic as described below
using three songs and three poems.
Johann Sebastian Bach's song, “Joy", has striking similarities with poetry considering
both its literal and metaphysical senses. Like a poem, Batch’s song “Joy” has stanzas (groups of
lines that form a basic metric of a recited or sang piece). The stanzas in the poem resemble those
of a quatrain poem as the stanzas have four lines apiece. Moreover, Batch’s song, Joy, also ...

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