Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Whatever you lose (like a you or a me)

Here is a video of "Maggie and Milly and Molly and May," performed by Natalie Merchant and based upon the poem by E.E. Cummings. It's off of the album, "Leave Your Sleep." I read the poem aloud to my daughter, and then she wanted more Cummings poems. I realized that I was going to have to search for awhile in my Complete Poems collection for the ones appropriate for her, so I decided to switch to Carl Sandburg's collection for children called Wind Song. Has anyone set Sandburg's poems to music?

5 comments:

tanita davis said...

Wow - I guess when you're so young, the wordplay of cummings would definitely sound fun, but the themes are a bit unwieldy for the young mind. I still think my fave cummings is loneliness because it looked so neat.

momma rae said...

neat! i was at a temperaments presentation with david-michael monasch and he read us this poem at the end.

Saints and Spinners said...

Tanita: I thought so, too. I remember as a child being fascinated by Cummings' poetry, but not kvelling to it.

Momma Rae: I think I would have enjoyed listening to that presentation. Did Monasch link the four temperaments with the girls in the poem?

momma rae said...

yes he did! he is an incredible poetry reader. as he went through the temperaments, he read poems for each of them. then at the end he read this one to sum them all up together. ;)

Jules at 7-Imp said...

I don't know the answer to your question, but quickly: I LOVE THIS SONG. I love the whole CD. It has become very special to my girls, too.