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A little known fact is that William Blake was a talented musician who would sing his poems. Unfortunately no sheet music of his poems exist, meaning the actual melodies he specifically used are unknown. But musicians have adapted Blake's poetry into song, and through that we can get glimpses of the music of Blake's poetry.

I'm interested in Sherri Poterfield's adaptation of William Blake's The Tiger. I found a really nice recording of a performance of Poterfield's piece on YouTube; listening to the video will give a better sense of the piece than reading the lyrics.

One of the things that interests me is that while the very first line of Blake's text is:

Tiger tiger burning bright

Poterfield made the decision to begin with:

Tiger tiger burning brightly

What is the reason for that change?

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    Are you the same person as this other "Musical Poetry" who asked the previous question that you link to? If so, please consider merging your accounts by following the instructions here - with both your accounts merged into one, you'll be able to access all your questions to e.g. make edits and respond to comments. – Rand al'Thor Feb 2 '18 at 23:45
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    My guess is that she was brainwashed by her English teachers in elementary school into believing that bright is an adjective and brightly is an adverb, and that things can't burn bright. – Peter Shor Feb 9 '18 at 11:56

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