Difference Between Writing Song Lyrics and Poetry
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19 May 2020 1100-1245 Joe Dolce
Hands-on workshop for poets and songwriters. What makes the difference between a poem and a song lyric? There are a lot of different theories about this. My class will teach the principle I use: A poem is something that exists on the page, independent of performance. Something understood, alone, in silence in the quiet of the night. A song is something meant to be sung. A song lyric is also a kind of guide for a singer – from which he can freely interpret the performance. The performance aspect, of both, however, is a completely different art-form than the writing aspect.
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