MA Thesis Proposal and Bibliography

MA Thesis Proposal and Bibliography - Jeremy Siskind MA...

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Unformatted text preview: Jeremy Siskind 2/14/10 MA Essay Proposal What makes language musical, rhythmical, or colloquial? What separates poetry from prose? Verse from song? Rhythm from chaos? “(up)Setting Whitman” will approach each of these questions by examining the ways in which composers make musical settings of different kinds of verse. The focus will be on two composers who have composed many songs out of Walt Whitman’s poetry: Marc Blitzstein, who has set the poems “As If a Phantom Caress’d Me,” “After the Dazzle of Day,” “Joy, Shipmate, Joy,” “Gods,” “O Hymen! O Hymenee!” and “As Adam”; and Ned Rorem, whose settings include “Sometimes with One I Love,” “Look Down, Fair Moon,” “Gliding O’er All,” and “Gods.” These poems will be scanned and analyzed separately from the music, in order to examine if there’s a metrical pattern, to what degree the poem resembles free speech v. strict verse, how line and stanza breaks function, and what other elements make resembles free speech v....
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