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Discuss the relationship between words and music in the operas of the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Words and music have. While it's easy to give the answer that poems don't have any music behind them and song lyrics do, that doesn't really explain anything. The relationship is song because a song is poetry set to music. However it goes deeper than this, because we relate better to music which is "lyrical" having.
Rap is made up of rhythm, rhyme, sometimes alliteration, and many other poetic attributes and techniques. It is the most likened to poetry, yet is still music, and one of the most popular forms as wel.
Nonetheless, even music without words is poetry, just not in the most recognized sense of the word. When someone mentions "poetry", the listener generally visualizes Emily Dickinson or John Donne.
However, there have been other authors who have become famous by doing non-generalized works of writing.
Cummings is a great example of non-traditional poetry. He experimented with fragmented lines, strange spellings, and single letters in a line.[ASMR] Whispering Poetry for Relaxation (With Music)
Today, this type of poetry is known as Dada. Poetry is about flow, rhythm, meaning and expression. Instrumental music expresses, flows and shows just as much emotion as does music with words. In fact, many types of poems don't need words at all. Music, sounds, and even paintings are often described as poems. If they have rhythm and structure, it's easy to describe them as works of poetry. After all, isn't that what poetry is? To go back on point, music is poetry. Without all that musical information, lyrics usually do not function as well, precisely because they were intentionally designed that way.
The Music - Poetry Connection
The ways the conditions of that environment affect the construction of the words refrain, repetition, the ways information that can be communicated musically must be communicated in other ways in a poem, etc.
As for the question of whether poems can function as song lyrics, the answer seems to be, in the right hands, absolutely yes. These composers recognize, it seems to me, the essential qualities of language in poetry.
These musical artists use their considerable skill and sensitivity to design music that moves around and with the poems, never overloading them with musical information or tormenting them into overly strained forms to serve a musical structure, two of the most noticeable qualities of failed musical-poetic collaborations. To say that this means song lyrics are less literary than poems, or require less skill or intelligence or training or work to create, is patently absurd and, in the case of rap music, patronizing.
But that does not mean that song lyrics are poems. They might sometimes accidentally function like poems when taken out of a musical context, but abstracting lyrics from musical information is misleading and beside the point.
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It seems to me far more productive to ask how lyrics in songs relate to musical information, and how poems relate to the silences cultural and actual that surround them, and to recognize that lyrics and poetry, while different genres with different forces and imperatives, have both more and less in common than we might think, and are endeavors of equal value.
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