Friday, July 6, 2012

Sonnet Love Songs by Deborah Anderson

Sonnet Love Songs 

The other day, I received a preview copy of a CD that I thought some English teachers might be interested in. Sonnet Love Songs is a brand new album from composer Deborah Anderson. She’s taken ten famous poems from authors like Shakespeare, ElizabethBarrett Browning, Tennyson, and Wordsworth and penned modern jazz compositions that highlight these great poems. The songs are peaceful and beautiful and would work wonderfully in the classroom.

For students that are much more familiar with music than they are with Shakespeare or the other poets included on this disc, the music will serve as a great entry point to beauty of these words.

This CD is a great opportunity to demonstrate an example of creative projects that can be done with poetry and would work well with books like Alan Sitomer’s Hip Hop Poetry and the Classics in the Classroom  or the poetry of Tupac Shakur .

The CD is now available on Amazon and is a perfect way to get your students interested in poetry.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your insightful words, Keith. Having been a high school English teacher, I agree that a musical approach is very effective with students. Music enhances drama and poetry in both subtle and stunning ways. Also, Professor Richard DeRosa co-composed and orchestrated this album.