Lyrics and Poetry
The song sheets in this collection contain a number of lyrics that employ poetic devices to explore various themes. Searches on terms such as love and war, result in songs featuring different styles and images.
Yes, I love thee, and how dearly,
Words but faintly can express,
This fond heart beats too sincerely
E'er in life to love thee less.
No! my fancy never ranges,
Hopes like mine can never soar;
If the love I cherish changes,
'Twill but be to love thee more,
From "I Love Thee."
Dead upon the field of battle,
Husbands, sons and brothers lie;
Friends are waiting--wives and mothers,
Looking for them by and by.
Far away from home forever,
Many a noble boy lies slain;
Look not for thy child, fond mother,
Thou shalt see him not again.
From "Yes, I Would the War Were Over."
Other songs such as "The Lake-Side Shore" describe the nature of song itself:
"Now the night-bird's song comes floating / Sweetly down the midnight air, / Waking all the depths, to listen / To the birds that thus should dare."
- How do these songs use rhyme schemes and line length to establish a rhythm?
- How do the word choices relate to the story or sensation that the song is trying to convey?
- In "The Lake-Side Shore," how does the bird's song compare to the actions of the bird itself?
- How would you imagine the melodies of these songs?
- What do you think is the relationship between the poetic devices such as rhyme, meter, alliteration, and the themes of a song?
- Do you think that contemporary love songs use similar poetic devices?
- How do contemporary love songs compare to works such as "I Love Thee"?
- Select a theme and write a song in the style of the examples, keeping in mind rhyme schemes, imagery, and melody.