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Notes and Commentaries

Volume 02, Number 1 (1977)

Leonard Cohen's Poems-Songs

  • Judith Skelton Grant
May 22, 2008


Leonard Cohen's transformation of poem into song has interesting aesthetic implications. Line elision, addition and subtraction of words, and the introduction of repetition, all of which allows for standardization of metre and a shift to the more casual conversation of the song, makes the pieces tighter and more aesthetically rewarding, while demonstrating Cohen's capacity for revision.