Saturday, May 23, 2009

Totally Optional Prompt: Song Lyrics

Some people don't consider song lyrics to be poetry. Others refuse to recognize the distinction.

Song lyrics usually fit a melody, which means they are usually metered. However, the meter is often looser than in, say a sonnet: as Tom Lehrer once wrote and sang, "it don't matter ifyoufitacoupleextrasyllables into a line." Song lyrics usually rhyme, although again the rhyme is often loose or slant. A songwriter can depend on the power of the melody to carry the listener past minor breaks in the sound pattern. And of course there are exceptions to all of the above.

For this week's

Totally Optional

prompt, write a poem you think would make a good song lyric. Come back Wednesday evening. I don't know if Mr. Linky will be with us or not, but if not, you can always leave your link in the comments.

2 comments:

Rinkly Rimes said...

Just in case I forget on Wednesday!

http://rinklyrimes.blogspot.com/2009/05/those-were-songs.html

Leonard Blumfeld said...

Early, but still inspired by the prompt ... I dropped it, I dropped it