Musical Poetry

5 Weeks

  • 1 hour
  • 125 US dollars
  • Online

Service Description

Almost everyone loves music, whether it’s popular songs on the Top 40 list, RAP and hip-hop, country, golden oldies, or classical. However, not many people stop to analyze the song’s lyrics and realize that songs are really poems set to music. Over the course, students will study the theme of a song and study the idea of a concept album, when an artist made an entire album around a central theme. They will also learn about figurative language and analyze the lyrics of a song to find the figurative language devices used throughout the song and how that improves the lyrics. They’ll compare songs and poems and with similar themes to see how songs can be just as meaningful and powerful. Students will look into the controversy caused when Bob Dylan won the Nobel Prize in Literature for songwriting and the debate it caused on whether songs counted as literature. Students will learn about the different parts of a song, including verses, chorus, bridge, and then practice writing their own. And finally, the students will create a soundtrack to their own life, writing an essay explaining why they chose those songs and their overall theme.

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