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Smithsonian in Your Classroom Spring 2006
The Music in Poetry

The lessons in this issue introduce students to the rhythms of poetry. The focus in on two poetic forms that originated as forms of song: the BALLAD stanza, found throughout British and American literature, and the BLUES stanzas of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. The exercises take poetry off the page and put it into terms of movement, physical space, and, finally, music.

This is the first Smithsonian in Your Classroom with a soundtrack. At a special web page,, students can listen to musical ballads and blues from the catalog of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.

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