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Let’s Talk: Can song lyrics be considered as a form of poetry?

We’re all familiar on here with the power of poetry and the part it plays upon us bloggers. We love it and can’t get enough of it. So in the same breadth of enthusiasm and high drive of inspiration, I today, ask you this: can our most beloved song lyrics be seen as the same?

From Say Something, to the Power of Love and finally ending with the likes of My Immortal, song lyricism is a strong – and often depending factor – on how we connect with a song and its literate story. You can certainly say that the thoughts of one musician are very similar to that of one poet or screenwriter. Emphatic, troubled and majorly inspired to produce work that others can connect with on an emotional level. But what ultimately separates to the two forms of art? What makes poetry and what makes lyricism suitable for a song? Whether it be that poetry is more on a commendable level of understanding or song lyrics are created in a more ‘simple’ way so mass audiences can understand it too, is certainly something worth thinking about.

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“Why is the bedroom so cold turned away on your side?

Is my timing that flawed, our respect run so dry?”

Joy Divison, Joy Will Tear Us Apart

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What’s the difference between the two? Is there comparable arguments or will the two remain indifferent between one another?

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You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now, I’m bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me

My Immortal, Ben Moody

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By all means, let me know what you think to this one – make me aware of any noteworthy song lyrics that you feel should be seen as poetry and we’ll have a good ol’ discussion about it. Happy Wednesday.

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12 replies on “Let’s Talk: Can song lyrics be considered as a form of poetry?”

I think anything that makes you feel something right in your heart, inside your gut and makes you go “This is what I was feeling, this is it”, is poetry. And song lyrics to me are nothing but musical poetry which vibe and change with your temperament.
A very nice thought though, all the best and power to you. 😇🌻💕💯

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Ah yeah you’re absolutely right – anything in the feels and it’s a win for me. Poetry or musical poetry, still beauty with the words! Thanks for stopping by, all the best for the rest of your week x

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I love the inclusion of Joy Division lyrics. I definitely agree their lyrics were amazing, also rate The Smiths, The Cure. I really enjoyed the Trainwreck rock playlist. I saw Biffy Clyro play in Edinburgh once they were so amazing live 😍

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Ah thanks man! Appreciate the support with my recents. Yeah you’re spot on. – Those bands definitely had lyrical prowess when they were in their prime. Oh yeah! Biffy are amazing – the SHEER POWER of the three of em was immense.

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100% yes, the best songwriters are every bit the poets of those who write without music. This has actually come up for me in the last few days, with the release of Lana Del Rey’s latest album. If her lyrics aren’t poetry I don’t know what is.

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I feel for Lana in current topics and situation. She is an amazing artist and her lyrics are true poetry, you’re spot on. She’s been put under fire most recently for simply voicing her opinion and in a world where free speech is slandered – it’s not on. But they’ll always be the masses who will keep endorsing her for her music because well … she makes beautiful music. With that said, I’m going to put her on now .. 🎶

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