Today, musical adaptations of classic poems....
Above, "The Stolen Child" by William Butler Yeats is put to music by the Canadian musican, composer, and music historian Loreena McKennitt. (The Waterboys, from Ireland, recorded a wonderful version of it too. You can hear it here.)
Scotland's Robert Burns wrote song lyrics as well as poem, the lines sometimes blurred between the two. In the video below, Scottish singer/songwriter Roddy Woomble sings Burns' "I'll Meet Thee on the Lea Rig." (Karine Polward does a rather nice version too. You can hear it here.)
Next, Loreena McKennitt again, this time with "The Highwayman," from the poem by Alfred Noyes.
And to end with, here's the American/Canadian singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright (son of the legendary folk musicians Loudon Wainwright and Kate McGarrigle) with a very beautiful rendition of Shakespeare's "Sonnet 29."
If you want more this morning, try: Tennyson's "The Lady of Shalott" and Padraic Colum's "Moon Cradle" performed by Loreena McKennitt; "Chimney Sweeper" and many other poems by William Blake put to music by Greg Brown on the album Songs of Innocence and Experience; Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" performed by Donovan (and also by the UMaine Singers); the musical version of Christina Rossetti's "Goblin Market" by Polly Pen and Peggy Harmon; Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" performed by Omni (and, of course, Lou Reed devoted a whole album to Poe, titled The Raven); Frederico García Lorca's poem "Pequeño vals vienés" translated by Leonard Cohen for his song "Take This Waltz"; "Sonnet 49" and other poems by Neruda performed by Luciana Souza on her album Neruda; and When Loves Speaks, a compilation album based on Shakespeare's poems and plays.