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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 Whitmans poetry: Marc Blitzstein, who has set the poems As If a Phantom Caressd 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 Oer All, and Gods. These poems will be scanned and analyzed separately from the music, in order to examine if theres 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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