Posts Tagged ‘Musical Terms’

Nigh Not Nearly My Forte

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

Today I have a bit of fun with two pairs of synonyms:

The words nigh and near
synonyms, and yet just one
sizzles and sings.

Near merely describes,
while the soaring nigh evokes —
close but no cigar.

But don’t pity near
it verbs — something nigh can’t do.
This verse now burned out.


Metier, I hear,
is a forte synonym.
What a grand duo —
one traded for the other —
pianometier music.


(Pompted by nigh from Haiku Heights and Weekend Theme’s metier.)

Tempo, Tempo

Monday, July 7th, 2008

Prompted to pay special attention to tempo and pacing, I’ve written a tanka made up entirely of Italian musical tempo terms. (At long last my Cal Arts BFA in Music Performance pays off.)

Tempo, Tempo
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Largo, andante,
Allegro ma non troppo,
Vivace, rallentando,
Allargando al fine.

(You can find more of my musical verse and humor here.)