I thought this week I would try my hand at a piece of poetry constructed in iambic tetrameter. Not nearly as easy as it initially seemed it might be, and certainly not perfect either, below you will find Ode to Pachelbel Canon in D. Some of the iambs don’t exactly line up, but I stayed pretty consistent with the correct number of feet. I always use to say about art (mainly referring to my photography) that the less you had to explain a piece, the better it was, so not really sure how much explaining this piece needs, probably a lot.
The inspiration for this poem came from German Baroque composer Johann Pachelbel‘s famous work called “Canon in D”, which I was listening to at the time of course. Pachelbel was a 17th century composer, from a somewhat Lutheran tradition, who wrote “Canon in D”, a piece of chamber music that was originally scored for three violins, and basso continuo, and originally paired with a gigue in the same key. A concerto (something usually composed of three parts) used three different types of instruments, with three violins, therefore the poem has three stanzas. Pachelbel’s “Canon in D” in our day has become basically a one hit wonder, if you could call it that, which is now popular at weddings and the like.
For what it’s worth, here it is.
Ode to Pachelbel Canon in D Strings dance across the bars today What does it mean, to whom they say My praises sing to figure bass Some go here, some try minor “A”. Strings dance across the bars today Is time short, some just fade away My fraction of the whole appears A crescendo is coming next my dear. Strings dance across the bars today Some jumping and shouting “Olé!” They argue still, their voices raise No matter, an applause, saves the day. ~by Scott Fillmer