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Musical Soundtrack for Poem

Level: Poet Trainee

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1. Choose a song that represents the ideas and mood of the poem.
2. Write an explanation of the connection between the poem and song.
3. If you create a playlist for the poem (minimum 3 songs), you will earn 700XP.


First Love

I ne’er was struck before that hour
With love so sudden and so sweet,
Her face it bloomed like a sweet flower
And stole my heart away complete.
My face turned pale as deadly pale,
My legs refused to walk away,
And when she looked, what could I ail?
My life and all seemed turned to clay.

And then my blood rushed to my face
And took my eyesight quite away,
The trees and bushes round the place
Seemed midnight at noonday.
I could not see a single thing,
Words from my eyes did start—
They spoke as chords do from the string,
And blood burnt round my heart.

Are flowers the winter’s choice?
Is love’s bed always snow?
She seemed to hear my silent voice,
Not love's appeals to know.
I never saw so sweet a face
As that I stood before.
My heart has left its dwelling-place
And can return no more.

John Clare

Listen to the song.

The song reflects the ridiculous idea that love can spontaneously erupt with no prior knowledge of the person, and solely based on seeing them for the first time. Attraction may result from a first meeting but the song says, "I think I loved you before I met you", and the poem also talks about how the speaker was "never struck before that hour/with love so sudden and so sweet".