This month, Tweetspeak is celebrating “The Poet, ” and in musical fashion Seth Haines has compiled this playlist featuring some of the world’s greatest poets and songwriters.
Seth has attempted to pair spoken-word poems with songs in a way that creates a series of “couplets.” Save for the introductory couplet (Marsalis/Peyroux), each couplet attempts to explore a particular theme. For instance, the Ignatow/U2 explores themes of war, hubris, and colonialism. The Lowell/R.E.M. couplet explores themes of freedom, of eternity.
When taken together, the couplets form a larger story, a sort of over-arching theme. Do you see it? Take a stab in the comments. Also, feel free to leave us your favorite poetic musical picks.