List of songs based on poems

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This is a list of songs of any genre that take a significant portion of their lyrics from poems or poetic works. This is not intended to cover poetry readings with musical backdrops, songs that allude to poems, or works always intended to be songs.

Rachel Bluwstein[edit]

  • "I Know to Speak Only of Myself"
  • "Date, half a date (Peguisha, Chatzi peguisha)"
    • By Hanan Yovel, Dorit Reuveni & Danny Katz

Robert Burns[edit]

Federico García Lorca[edit]

George Gordon Byron[edit]

Ronny Someck[edit]

Emily Dickinson[edit]

Pablo Neruda[edit]

Edgar Allan Poe[edit]

Christina Rossetti[edit]

William Shakespeare[edit]

Hannah Szenes[edit]

Phillip Brady[edit]

William Butler Yeats[edit]

  • The album Now & In Time to Be features the works of Yeats performed by various artists.
  • The poem "Down by the Salley Gardens" was based by Yeats on a fragment of a song he heard an old woman singing. Yeats' words have been recorded as a song by many performers.
  • The song A Bad Dream by Keane is based on the poem "An Irish Airman Foresees His Death"
  • "Those Dancing Days Are Gone" and "Before the World Was Made" are both performed by Carla Bruni on the album No Promises
  • "Song Of Wandering Aengus" was performed by Donovan, Judy Collins, Chris Thompson and many more.
  • Loreena McKennitt has set two Yeats poems to music:
    • "Stolen Child" (Also set to music by The Waterboys, although mostly spoken)
    • "The Two Trees"
  • "The Song of a Wandering Aengus" is set to music by Caroline Herring

Patrick Kavanagh[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Geraghty, Des (1994). Luke Kelly: A Memoir. Dublin: Basement Press. pp. 38, 39. ISBN 1-85594-090-6.
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