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Poetry buffs... I need some help
« on: September 11, 2008, 10:12:27 AM »

Ok, I need a poem to set the mood for the Mad Scene from Lucia.
For those of you that don't know the story, basically the chick is forced to marry someone she doesn't love, goes nuts and kills him on her wedding night, and then sings a lovely little diddy about the voices in her head. That's the general version.
What I am looking for is a poem to be read prior to my singing this stuff that will set the right mood for the piece, since I'm doing it out of context. In the aria she is ranting about the wedding she would have wanted to happen...to the guy she wanted to be with but couldn't. In her head she's seeing the ceremony happen. She doesn't acknowledge the murder that's just occurred. She's "happy" (read bat shit insane).
So, I'd like to focus on the hearing voices that are not their aspect. Any thoughts??

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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2008, 10:39:53 AM »

there once was a chick named Lucia
who was forced to marry a dude with alopecia
when he wanted matrimonial nookie
she fed him an arsenic cookie
and sang to the court about voices in her head in a high-pitched aria
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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2008, 11:26:38 AM »

heh heh... I suppose it IS what I asked for, lol!

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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2008, 04:46:03 PM »

I'm gonna suggest a bunch of Poe's poetry that I looked up online, 'cos I think you'll have fun with his rhythms.
The Bells, a Dream Within a Dream, Imitation, Eldorado, etc etc he's got a ton.

edit: not quite about voices, but I think you might like them anyway.
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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2008, 05:31:26 PM »

Lo! 'tis a gala night
         Within the lonesome latter years!
       An angel throng, bewinged, bedight
         In veils, and drowned in tears,
       Sit in a theatre, to see
         A play of hopes and fears,
       While the orchestra breathes fitfully
         The music of the spheres.

       Mimes, in the form of God on high,
         Mutter and mumble low,
       And hither and thither fly-
         Mere puppets they, who come and go
       At bidding of vast formless things
         That shift the scenery to and fro,
       Flapping from out their Condor wings
         Invisible Woe!

       That motley drama- oh, be sure
         It shall not be forgot!
       With its Phantom chased for evermore,
         By a crowd that seize it not,
       Through a circle that ever returneth in
         To the self-same spot,
       And much of Madness, and more of Sin,
         And Horror the soul of the plot.

       But see, amid the mimic rout
         A crawling shape intrude!
       A blood-red thing that writhes from out
         The scenic solitude!
       It writhes!- it writhes!- with mortal pangs
         The mimes become its food,
       And seraphs sob at vermin fangs
         In human gore imbued.

       Out- out are the lights- out all!
         And, over each quivering form,
       The curtain, a funeral pall,
         Comes down with the rush of a storm,
       While the angels, all pallid and wan,
         Uprising, unveiling, affirm
       That the play is the tragedy, "Man,"
         And its hero the Conqueror Worm.

E.A.Poe
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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #5 on: September 11, 2008, 06:10:25 PM »

OOOOO!!!! I LOVE THAT. It's not right for the spot in the concert that I need to fill, but I think it needs to fit in someplace. Very cool. FYI, this is for a Halloween recital that I'm doing with some friends in Florida. We are putting in poems before things to set the scenes rather than explaining everything. :)

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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #6 on: September 11, 2008, 06:27:03 PM »

Along the shore the cloud waves break,
The twin suns sink behind the lake,
The shadows lengthen
In Carcosa

Strange is the night where black stars rise,
And strange moons circle through the skies,
But stranger still is
Lost Carcosa

Songs that the Hyades shall sing,
Where flap the tatters of the King,
Must die unheard in
Dim Carcosa.

Song of my soul, my voice is dead,
Die though, unsung, as tears unshed
Shall dry and die in
Lost Carcosa

Cassilda's Song in "The King in Yellow" Act 1, Scene 2.
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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #7 on: September 11, 2008, 07:50:20 PM »

So you're gonna record your aria, yes? I wanna listen.

You should totally set up a music myspace.  :love5:
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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #8 on: September 11, 2008, 09:28:25 PM »

So you're gonna record your aria, yes? I wanna listen.

You should totally set up a music myspace.  :love5:

She already has one. :) The link is in her profile.
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Re: Poetry buffs... I need some help
« Reply #9 on: September 25, 2008, 01:40:29 PM »

You want some frightening and lurid poetry for Halloween? (2 lazy to look any up) I know. The story.


But I am serious here. Purchase "The Outlaw Bible of Poetry" --------it might make you vomit in spots.

I know it's big. But Halloween is not happening until -----it's really close isn't it?



(to give at least one example: there was that horrible rape in Central Park some years ago...and it has a poem in it where the poet describes the rape from the point of view of one of the rapists'...and it's gross and fun at the same time. shocking, this book)  ----OH.------look in the index for any Sexton or Plath poem about marriage. perhaps you'll find something. ----There is also a great book called "Women of the Asylum", no poetry, but excellent read.)
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