Does a word or string of words catch on more colorfully when sung by someone than reading them in the quiet of one’s soul?
It seems songs strongly express words because of the layer of complimentary music. But if the song catches on depends on how seriously we believe in the words. For example, the pop song Listen to Your Heart, which seemed to resonate personally for someone I used to know, may sound less effective to someone who admires T.S. Elliot’s The Waste Land. It all depends on audience.
If I had a choice between listening to a song or reading a poem, I ‘d pick the song over a wordy poem, but I know there are readers of poetry who prefer written poetry to hearing songs. My question, does a word or string of words catch on more colorfully when sung by someone than reading them in the quiet of one’s soul? all depends on audience.
I think any poetry I write these days is fuelled by my attraction to music or the sounds of music. So, I’d write like I’m hearing music or hearing a certain sound of music. My poem won’t come out like metered poetry.
The sound of music itself is always nutted out by a musician and composer in the writing, much like a poet would design a poem. But, for me, my writing of poems are done by how it might sound, rather than technique.
Free verse is more attuned to how I like to do poetry, like I’m writing in unison with the sounds of music, but I may say to anyone that’s it’s good to use technique in writing poetry or to at least know it well enough.