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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics$
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Charlotte Pence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031564

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.001.0001

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Similarities and Differences Between Song Lyrics and Poetry

Similarities and Differences Between Song Lyrics and Poetry

(p.122) Similarities and Differences Between Song Lyrics and Poetry
The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

Pat Pattison

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines whether songwriters may also be considered poets, as some fans and music critics have insinuated, and discusses how contemporary poetry is similar to and different from contemporary song lyrics in form, content, and purpose. It explains how poetry is able to counterpoint line against phrase and how musical phrase is merged with lyric phrase in songs. The chapter also considers poetic aspects such as grammatical phrase, rhyme and rhythm, and stressed syllables.

Keywords:   songwriters, poets, poetry, lyrics, line, songs, grammatical phrase, rhyme, rhythm, stressed syllables

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