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Jakarta Post

Poetic trove shapes up Queen’s legacy

  • Musthofid


Jakarta   /   Wed, July 29 2020   /  11:47 am
Rock it, roll it: Queenindo members gather during the We Will Rock You event in Bandung, West Java, which was held in collaboration with Antara Digital Media.(Queenindo/File)

As the world remembers Live Aid held 35 years ago, Queen fans in Indonesia are looking into the lyrical enchantments of the British rock band’s songs. “Talking about songs composed by Queen, we cannot help thinking about the poetic aspects of the lyrics. The songs that last imperishably in memory are those written with poetic dexterity. Queen’s songs are categorized as such,” Ari Jogaiswara, a literature study lecturer at Bandung-based Padjadjaran University, said during a recent live video program organized by Queen Indonesia (Queenindo) Called LaZoom On A Sunday Afternoon and themed Queen: Poetic Musicians and Musical Poets, the event saw Ari, who is a member of the Asian Shakespeare Association (ASA), exploring the poetic devices found in a number of Queen songs. He also shed light on the typical characteristics of the band’s members in composing...