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Course Description

Poetry and music have intertwined for centuries. Some poems in English were meant to be sung  - those in Shakespeare's comedies, for example -- but most were not.  From 1900 to 1940, a renaissance in English songwriting drew on poetry from its own time and earlier. Well-known composers wrote during that period, but many of the most beautiful settings came from less familiar artists. Focusing primarily on the 1900-1940 renaissance, we will read and listen to poems as written and as sung: how does the poem itself affect brain and heart? does the musical setting enhance it? does the music send the poem in new directions? The course is best suited for careful readers and listeners who are interested in thoughtful discussion. There will be no lectures. The texts of the poems will be provided well before each class session, most as paper handouts and the rest by email. Facilitated DiscussionListening to Music or Other AudioViewing Videos          
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