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James Joyce’s Poems Get a Musical Facelift
In 1907, shortly after publishing a book of love poetry titled Chamber Music, Irish writer James Joyce penned a letter to his brother Stanislaus: “Some of the verses are pretty enough to be put to music. I hope someone will do so, someone that knows old English music such as I like.” A century later, a group of independent electronic, folk and rock musicians have done just that.
All 36 verses from Joyce’s book of poetry have been put to music by artists such as Peter Buck from R.E.M. and Lee Ranaldo from Sonic Youth. Click the following link to listen to some of Joyce’s stanzas put to music:
You can hear the full story from NPR below…
The poet Emily Dickinson suffered from severe anxiety. In her series of poems, “Part 1, Life, XCVIII,” she writes: “While I was fearing it came, But came with less of the fear, Because that fearing it so long, Had almost made it dear.”
The lyrics from her poem are used as the basis for a rock song about anxiety. It’s called “Fearing,” by the band, The Amygdaloids
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