Choose one of the following pairs of poems and songs: • “The Lady of Shalott ” by Alfred Tennyson; song



Choose one of the following pairs of poems and songs:
• “The Lady of Shalott ” by Alfred Tennyson; song “The Lady of Shalott” by Loreena McKennitt
• “Because I Could Not Stop for Death by Emily Dickinson; song “Because I Could not Stop” by Natalie Merchant
• “Promises Like Pie-Crust ” by Christina Rossetti; song “Promises Like Pie-Crust” by Carla Bruni
• “The Two Trees C” by William Butler Yeats, song ‘The Two Trees” by Loreena McKennitt
Plan to read the text version of the poem and listen to the song version a few times to get a good feel for the rhythm of each of the two versions.
Then, think about how it contributes to the feeling and meaning of the poem in both situations.
Write a short essay (200-400 words) comparing the two versions of the poem, considering the following questions:
• How does the meter of the poem change, if at all, when it is presented in song form?
• Does the original poem have a meter that lends itself well to song lyrics?
• How, if at all, is the poem changed or presented differently as a song?
• Why might the artist have made changes to the poem?
• Does the poem take on a different meaning in song form than in poetic form?
Structure your essay into an introduction, body, and conclusion. Make sure your essay focuses on a main idea, includes precise language to clarify
ideas, and is written in a formal style. Use textual evidence, including scansion, to support your ideas,
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