Here are 4 good “literary songs” — songs inspired by/about/thematically similar to works of literature.

“Cemetery Gates” by The Smiths: about Keats, Yeats, Wilde, plagiarism, “‘Ere thrice the sun done salutation to the dawn” (Shakespeare’s Richard III), and prose and poems

“Lost Girls” by Tilly and The Wall: about Henry Darger’s “The Story of the Vivian Girls…” and 19,000 pages

“Hey There Ophelia” by MC Lars: told from the perspective of Hamlet from Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet”

“Ketchum” by Ben Lee: about Ernest Hemingway