The course is designed to present students with a detailed analysis and understanding of the texts of lied settings, as well as a deeper understanding of the meaning and the significance of the poetry they read or perform. The course begins with a thorough examination of the poem: structure, historic/ poetic period, possible meanings, and how they are set by major composers. Some of these settings will be performed in class. The poets discussed will be Goethe (fall), and Heine and Eichendorff (spring). This class is open to juniors and seniors, as well as graduate students.