Does anyone know of any poems that have been made into songs?

I'm sure there are lots. I know of one - The Wind Beneath My Wings sung by Bette Midler. I need to memorize a long poem and thought it would be easiest to learn a song. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago
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    "Bittersweet" by Madonna. This poem was written in the 13th century by the persian poet Rumi, who was a sufi poet (from Sufism) and a dervish. This poem is a mystical poem, which means that the man's soul and his God are portrayed as the Lover and the Beloved. The lover (his soul) is in constant pain for not being able to be with the Beloved (God). The Lover remembers the time before he was born when he and his God were one (a very sensual and romantic idea about the union of a man and his god). This was a characteristic of the islamic sufi poetry, which later was adopted by some Christian mystic poets like st. John of The Cross.

    The mystic poetry was developed in Sufism (the mystical-esoteric side of Islam). They were not only poets but also dancers. The traditional sufi dance is called "ecstatic dance" or "remembering", in that dance the dervishes close their eyes and start to spin on their feet all around themselves and the room, they fall into a deep trance in which they actually have dreams (there's a scientific explanation for this, which really happens). When they stop spinning and they wake up they bring back memories of being united with God in the garden of Eden, both of them alone having each other and being surrounded by wine and wild flowers in the beginning of existence. It's very beautiful, and the poem and this song is about that.

    song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8cG5DUKeus

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    or: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HotcX8vtfWs

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    lyrics: http://www.arabesques-editions.com/calls/html/audi...

    Rumi have lots of beautiful poems like this. Madonna also used Sufism as the theme of her song and video "Bedtime Story" in which she's inducted into a state of unconsciousness and dreams about the spinning dervishes and other Islamic imagery like the moon and the water.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSaFgAwnRSc

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    St. John of The Cross also has another mystic poem (Living Flame of Love) that Madonna used for her video Like a Prayer (an original mystical poem by her) in which she's dancing in front of burning crosses symbolizing the passion that a person can have for God and the longing of the union between them. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cSVbwwsLPqw

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    Another poem made into a song by Madonna is "If You forget Me", written by Pablo Neruda, and used in the movie "Il postino".

    song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OpVBUsRXMs

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    another version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4wgS4KNF9Y

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    lyrics: http://www.mad-eyes.net/disco/misc/iyfm.htm

    Note: you must be wondering why Islamic and Christian poets such as Rumi and St. John of The Cross share mystical poetry. Mystical Poetry was created by sufi muslims to enchant Allah, when they invaded Spain they brought they poets with them. Some Christian poets felt very compelled by this odes to God and started to write christian mystical poetry. St. John of the Cross and st. Teresa of Avila were the best.

    Then, leaving Madonna aside, the singer Loreena McKennit took the poem "The Dark Night of The Soul" by St. John of The Cross (the most well known Christian mystic poet who also portrayed the soul and God as the Lover and the Beloved) and made it into a song. This poem is about a man (even thou is sang by a woman) who waits until the house is in peace in the deepest hour of the night to escape into the woods and be reunited with his Beloved (God) who is waiting for his lover in a place where no one else can come. The symbolism used in this poem is very smart, the house in rest symbolized the hour in which our senses are slept, so our soul is more free to scape the physical influences and be united with God beyond this physical world in a spiritual eden-like garden. Again in this poem the man is longing to one with God as a lover would be longing to be one with is beloved.

    song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcVaEA0009Q

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    peom: http://www.lyricsmania.com/the_dark_night_of_the_s...

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Well its not a poem, but it might work.

    Meg and Dia - Monster.

    it was written based on a book and has quite a few refrences. cant remember the name of the book sorry!:/xx

  • 9 years ago

    Not really poems, but short stories...

    The band Alexisonfire has songs from their album "Watch Out!" called "Happiness by The Kilowatt", "It Was Fear of Myself That Made Me Odd", and parts of the song "No Transitory" that are based on short stories by Kurt Vonnegut from his collection entitled Welcome to the Monkey House.

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