I’ve mentioned before that I think poetry is a dying art, and this saddens me. However, I was reading “The Storytelling Animal” by Jonathan Gottschall and I came across something that made me think twice. He asserted that poetry is not dying, and is in fact thriving. He says that songs are poetry set to music.
On the one hand I agree with this assessment. The way songs are written are, typically, the same or similar ways as poems are written.
However, without the beat of the music song lyrics don’t seem to have the same flow or rhythm. (The same can be said, I suppose, about many poems lacking rhythm.) In addition, lyrics (when spoken rather than sung) tend to annoy me with the repetitiveness, though in poetry I don’t mind repetition.
I love music, and I love poetry. I’m just don’t think they are as interchangeable as Gottschall believes.
What are your thoughts on poetry and songs?
Take care, fellow travelers.