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Poetry vs Lyrics #388276 11/05/09 09:59 PM
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I run a literary magazine and personally manage the poetry area of it, so I am very much immersed in poetry. The media tells us occasionally that "poetry is dead" and nobody reads poetry any more. How can they say that with how wildly popular music is? There are some *amazing* poems that we sing along to, know every word of, that are multi layered and beautiful. Not only that, but the poets had to make them musical and not just readable! So it's an entirely higher level of poetry, in a way.

Simon and Garfunkel come to mind as amazing poets who wrote some beautiful works.

Do people consider music to be poetry?


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Re: Poetry vs Lyrics [Re: Lisa Shea] #388289 11/05/09 10:53 PM
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Certainly I do.

When I was home educating my son, he was writing lots of lytiocs for his band and I submitted them to the inspector as poetry ~ ie English literature.


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I admit that some lyrics probably don't count as "high poetry" - "we all live in a yellow submarine!" But then that gets into claiming some poetry is "real" poetry and some is "not real" poetry, which is one of those distinctions we were talking about elsewhere wink Is it any worse than

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Re: Poetry vs Lyrics [Re: Lisa Shea] #388309 11/06/09 12:39 AM
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I guess that makes as much delightful nonsense as The Jabberwocky, which is indeed literature. laugh


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Re: Poetry vs Lyrics [Re: jilly] #388316 11/06/09 01:03 AM
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That's a wonderful comparison, Jilly! Indeed, many great authors made up words.

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I think depends if it's spoken with rhythm or just recited. I wouldn't consider reciting shakespeare music, but someone like gil scott heron using rhythm and soul I would consider music. If it has a time signature i'd consider it music.

Re: Poetry vs Lyrics [Re: starfire] #388365 11/06/09 03:28 AM
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I bet there have been people who have set Shakespeare to music. That's an interesting thought, I'm going to go do some searching!


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Re: Poetry vs Lyrics [Re: Lisa Shea] #388404 11/06/09 08:13 AM
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the raven by alan parsons near enough?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fSQz_LQ6Kak

or how about christy's version of the ballad of wandering aengus?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-VL41H2Sm0

i've got dozens of these, but no shakespeare springs to mind.


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Re: Poetry vs Lyrics [Re: janimal] #388409 11/06/09 09:11 AM
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Aha!! This combines a bunch of threads!!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJKlQbMx9Xg


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