On lyrics and lyrics by Gerry LaFemina

My students often ask me about the difference between writing songs and writing poems.  They’re insistent — so insistent – that they’re the same art form, and I always have to work to get them to stop thinking that way.  They’re related art forms, surely, perhaps closer to each other than poetry to the novel or short story, but they’re not the same, just as working with paint and working with colored markers aren’t the same to visual artists. Sure, we use the term “lyrics” for both the poems and songs, and surely we mean the same thing, those utterings of a singular I in the extended moment of spiritual/emotional/intellectual intensity, but that doesn’t mean they’re the same thing.

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