So it has occurred to me lately that some songs that I really enjoy were penned as poems first and then adapted to music. The three that immediately jump to mind are as follows:
T.S. Eliot's "Preludes" and "Rhapsody on a Windy Night" adapted by Trevor Nunn and Andrew Lloyd Webber as "Memory"Memory - Elaine Paige (from Cats )
Alfred Noyes' "The Highwayman" adapted by Loreena MckennetLoreena Mckennitt-The Highwayman (With lyrics)
E. A. Poe's "Annabelle Lee" adapted by Joan BaezJoan Baez Annabelle Lee
The second one of those is especially interesting as I never really was touched by "The Highwayman" in reading it, but whenever I hear it set to music it makes me cry. So does anyone else know of pieces of poetry adapted and set to music? I wonder how common of a practice this is.