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Poems vs Songs [Mar. 4th, 2006|12:46 am]
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Is there any real difference between a poem and a song? I've never written a song in my life, but I have written poetry, and I'm hoping lack of any musical knowledge at all doesn't matter . . .

(Unnecessary background: in a story of mine, when someone dies there are special songs people sing for a few days afterward, to guide them on the paths of the afterlife/assure them they're still loved and will be remembered, and I thought it would be nice to include the lyrics. The only way these are actually going to be set to music is if someone wants movie rights.)

[User Picture]From: tamtrible
2006-03-08 07:24 am (UTC)

Should work.

As long as you pay particular attention to the meter and line length, you should be OK.
Oh, and I think songs are often a bit more repetitive than poems generally are.

If you're not sure, look up the lyrics to a bunch of various songs, the 'net is full of 'em.
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[User Picture]From: clover_elf_kin
2006-03-11 11:30 pm (UTC)

Re: Should work.

Yaaaay! Thought so. Happily, the way I write poetry is by looking up inspiring song lyrics, anyway. ;-) Thanks.
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