Some general parameters for your final project:
1. Independent definition of your topic.
2. Independent research.
3. A topic that includes substantive analysis of text and music. You will likely limit yourself to a small number of musical settings (2 – 3), though particular topics may merit surveying a greater number.
4. “Outside research” that bears directly on your textual interpretation i.e. is not simply “background” information. (You won’t score any points for having a large bibliography that you don’t put to use in your paper.)
5. Annotated poems and musical scores.
6. May involve meeting with a language professor to discuss elements of the poetic form and/or meaning.
7. May involve comparison of 2 -3 recordings.
8. A formal paper 8-10 pages in length (no more, no less).
Below are key reference books that provide a general overview of a topic or help identify synonyms, related terms, or basic data. These sources often include references and lists of further readings.