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    Emily Dickinson's poems as song lyrics

    Hi there,

    I'm curious to hear opinions about these songs,
    in which Emily Dickinson's poems are presented as sung lyrics:

    Each that we lose takes part of us;
    A crescent still abides,
    Which like the moon, some turbid night,
    is summoned by the tides


    Nature rarer uses Yellow
    Than another Hue.
    Saves she all of that for Sunsets
    Prodigal of Blue

    Spending Scarlet, like a Woman
    Yellow she affords
    Only scantly and selectly
    Like a Lover's Words.

    Last edited by Bee; 09-27-2015 at 02:35 AM.

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    Nice idea to put these poems to music. I liked the second one better than the first perhaps because I understood the poem more easily. The first poem had the idea that the tides summoned the moon which is backward from the way I think of it, and that just exposes my bias. The earth being larger would have more influence on the whole system than the moon. The music was soothing.

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    Thanks for your response!

    Your right that this moon - tides relation in the first poem is a bit strange,
    but this particular strangeness seems to be typical for Dickinson and I like
    the idea that that remaining "crescent" is summoned by the tides,
    although it's meant to summon itself.


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