Music's Spell

Music's Spell

Poems About Music and Musicians

Book - 2009
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Random House, Inc.
Music may be the universal language that needs no words—the “language where all language ends,” as Rilke put it—but that has not stopped poets from ancient times to the present from trying to represent it in verse.

Here are Rumi and Shakespeare, Elizabeth Bishop and Billy Collins; the wild pipes of William Blake, the weeping guitars of Federico García Lorca, and the jazz rhythms of Langston Hughes; Wallace Stevens on Mozart and Thom Gunn on Elvis—the range of poets and of their approaches to the subject is as wide and varied as music itself.

The poems are divided into sections on pop and rock, jazz and blues, specific composers and works, various musical instruments, the human voice, the connection between music and love, and music at the close of life. The result is a symphony of poetic voices of all tenors and tones, the perfect gift for all musicians and music lovers.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the works of some of literature's greatest waxing poetic on the universal language that needs no words, from Rumi and Shakespeare, to Elizabeth Bishop and Billy Collins; from the wild pipes of William Blake to the jazz rhythms of Langston Hughes, the result is a symphony of poetic voices as varied as the music itself.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2009
ISBN: 9780307270924
0307270920
Branch Call Number: 808.8193 M973
Characteristics: 256 p. ; 17 cm
Additional Contributors: Fragos, Emily

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