Article: Sound Words

I’ve just published a new article, on hymns in twentieth-century literature. It spans D. H. Lawrence, W. H. Auden, Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, Louis MacNeice and Dorothy Richardson. And Stevie Smith.

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Dean Inge on ‘bad popular hymns’ in 1951. OBSCURE! FRIGHTENED! SENTIMENTAL!

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Singing Smith: Five Musical Poems

Well, it’s always fun doing this, fitting other words to an old tune. (Stevie Smith, ‘A Turn Outside’

Stevie Smith sang a lot of her poems in performance. Often, her subtitles include instructions about the tunes which they should be sung to.

'Miss Pauncefort sang at the top of her voice...' The Songster
‘Miss Pauncefort sang at the top of her voice…’

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