Are song lyrics Poetry?

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Let’s discuss this. There are people in this world who are known for writing songs about other people and people who are just famous for writing songs period. Mainstream: Pharrell, Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, John Mayer etc. All those people. But being a lyricist doesn’t automatically make someone a poet, in my opinion. I think there are a lot of different types of songs that someone could write.
I like to consider art as anything that someone can see, touch, hear, smell or taste and feel differently afterwards. Whatever it is has been inspired by something and then made with creative intentions to either better the world or better yourself. I also believe that the more confusing and without explanation something is (in a fun and safe way) the more artistic it is! Art is meant to be interpreted. So let’s interoperate away!

Traps (Our example)

I was a ghost,
I was adored by you.
I trapped an owl,
I shot a hare for you.

Can I ignite?
Can I burn like never before?
What you desire it’s inside of me I am sure.

My intentions were good, my intentions were good.

I am the garden, I am the sea, will you lay a trap for me?
I am the garden, I am the sea, will you lay a trap for me?

I gave you words,
I planted trees by your bed.
You said you loved me,
you said you’d have me instead.

Can I ignite?
Can I burn like never before?
What you desire it’s inside of me that I’m sure.

My intentions were good. My intentions were good.

You hold me down in the night we tear ourselves apart
You hold me down, I know a place, do you wanna start?

I am the garden, I am the sea, will you lay a trap for me?
I am the garden, I am the sea, will you lay a trap for me?

The sound of fear
The sound of fear

Don’t let the story down
Don’t let the story down
Don’t let the story down

Let’s talk about it

So, I wanted to show you a poem called traps that I absolutely love. It includes a lot of repetition and a lot of imagery within it. My absolute favorite part is, “I am the garden, I am the sea.” I just think it’s beautiful. And to be completely honest with you I have no idea what it’s about. There’s tons of different themes running through it and just as you think the poet is going to start being consistent he changes the words.
Okay, okay so this isn’t a poem it’s a song, by a british group called Years & Years. If some of you knew already from the lyrics and the picture, then props for you!

years-and-years2But I wanted to show a real example of a song that could be considered a poem. It has a lot of poetic elements in it so I think the writer or writers could easily be considered poets. There seems to be obvious pain and personal experience in the lyrics which draw me closer to the melody. I think in many instances lyricists have it harder than poets because not only do the words need to move us but the melody, the tone, the beats, the length and the amount of emotion the group puts behind the music will all be judged by their audience. It’s tough to be a writer of songs.

Anyways I think what we should take away from this is that anyone can be a poet even if what they’re writing is not being written with that intention. Have a great Holiday season you guys, I may or may not post one more thing before the new year! Look up the lyrics to some of your favorite songs and ask yourself, could this be a poem?

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