Famous poems that were made into songs by popular artists

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Although I have taught English in high school, the subject of literature will rarely happen when I met my top friends there. As soccer coaches, most of our discussions focused on this particular sport or another, which are very popular in our culture.

One of the two physical education teachers in our coaching staff came to glance at a stack of papers he had placed on the football office desk. The content was poetry that my students were assigned to write, so the gym teacher obviously bored decided to read aloud the first.

We laughed at the exaggerated expression and, after two or three poems, he left the company. His later confession would not have surprised me now, but my minor idealist then found me almost unbelievable.

“The only poem I can recite not a single line is that they use in this song,” he said. “This one for the Moody Blues.”

There was no need to provide the first words of her, “Deep breaths growing dark,” so I know I was talking Nights of white satin. If he had been a big fan of this band more, he could have used painted smile, a lesser known song from his long-distance album Voyager.

The Moody Blues have achieved the feat twice, but other artists have also managed to insert original poems into their songs. The most famous example is Jim Morrison, who wrote and recited a Prayer album at the gates with the same title.

The bassist Joe Door of Ambrosia wrote a reciting poem to present his cowboy star song on the album Somewhere I Never Treated, and Ricky Wilson Heads Kasiser wrote a play in two for in 2014 to close Cannons of Education , Education and the album of war.

From time to time, artists have decided to take a poem that is already in our literary history and translate it into song. Here are four classic poems that were recorded as songs by popular artists.

The Highwayman

Folk singer Phil Ochs put an acoustic touch to this poem by Alfred Noyes, resulting in the track is not marching Anymore album.

The bells

This epic epic of Edgar Allan Poe was made more cheerful by the rhythm of guitar in an Ochs song of all the news that he is able to sing.

Nice Nice Very nice

The progressive rock quartet Ambrosia addressed some of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. on the first track of their debut album, adding a catchy chorus and a chaotic but delicious musical bridge.

Under the Greenwood Tree

Shakespeare was an obvious influence for writers of all genres, and popular rock singer Donovan returned this Bard sonnet on a beautiful track on the album Use Your Love Like Heaven.

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