Whispered Song: Discerning Voices of 19th Century Louisianan Poets

  • Author / Creator
    Sommerfeldt, David Ray
  • The messages of Free People of Colour were spread through subtle and
    subversive poetry and song in 19th century French Louisiana. Reuniting the lyrical
    poetry with the original music provides a deep and rich understanding of the
    intentions and meaning of the poems. The songs portray the French ideals of
    liberty, equality and fraternity of the French Revolution situated in the context of
    life in Civil War era Louisiana. This research details the discovery process of
    contemporary attitudes toward French in Louisiana, a historical analysis of song
    and lyrics of the 19th to mid-20th century, and an interpretation of poetry written
    by Free People of Colour as it relates to the works of Pierre-Jean de Beranger, a
    French poet who chronicled the spirit of the French Revolution. The narrative
    describes voices, once silenced, becoming a whispered song.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2013
  • Type of Item
  • Degree
    Master of Arts
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