Repetition in Pop Music, Classical Music, and Poetry


Have you ever thought about how much repetition there is in music, whether popular or classical? It’s so ubiquitous that it’s easy to forget about how weird it actually is. If you were reading a book and the exact same chapter was repeated you’d probably be scratching your head and wondering if you had a messed up copy. But in music, that’s the norm! So Continue reading “Repetition in Pop Music, Classical Music, and Poetry”

Classical Music Stories

Classical Music Stories: Robert Frost


Classical Music Stories is a series where music is listened to as though it were the soundtrack to one of your favorite books (or in this case, poems).

The following music/story pairing is based on Robert Frost’s poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”:

Part One: The speaker begins his journey. While he Continue reading “Classical Music Stories: Robert Frost”


Why “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” Makes Me Feel Like a Fake

One of my favorite poems is “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” by Dylan Thomas.  As a poem that focuses on death and hope (or perhaps more accurately, defiance), it fits well with the story in which I discovered it: the YA dystopian/romance Matched series by Ally Condie.  There’s just something about it, particularly in the context of the story…

Here are the first few lines:

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Why do I like this poem, though? The Continue reading “Why “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” Makes Me Feel Like a Fake”