jack white wrote:Poetry is meant to be delivered and performed, it's all so intertwined in the language & form. Of course it counts as poetry. Anthony Kedis is a lyricist, Thom Yorke's a lyricist. Bob Dylan is a poet.
I do believe Poetry CAN be performed; but I also believe the difference between a musical presentation of "Poetic Lyrics" is, well, a musical performance. The Poetry Reading is an older form that one must look for in the World of Today; I have a wonderful Flyer from the 1890's of "A Miss (someone) will give her Interpretation of (someone's Poem), "X" at this place and this time. It had such wonderful artwork I used it to create a Flyer for a Graduate Student, "The Lovely Miss R. Will give her Novel Synthesis of Linear Dienones" and so on. But there was no music in either case, simply a talented delivery of Words of Meaning. Rarely does one see a Poetry Reading outside of academia or someone selling their latest book.
When I think of Poetry, there need not be anyone else but myself reading. A performance of Shakespeare is a play; the reading of it alone, by myself, is mine alone. I can understand how many people would be reticent to give an award for Literature to a Songwriter. I believe they invoked the impact of this one person over the decades to back their reasoning, and I am not bothered by it. It's their party, so the favors and prizes they give are theirs to give. As for myself, I tend to look at Poetry in a more classical manner, read to ones self, or perhaps to another, but not a "sold out house" unless the booking clearly reads Poetry Reading. When a band is added, it is music. In Book form, Lyrics can be Poetry for the way it will be "performed" - quietly alone in most cases.
Still, there ARE Lyrics that stand alone as wonderful Poetry; but I am more likely to think of Poetry as something read by myself, or read aloud. Are Bob Dylan's words alone Poetry? Surely, as many lyrics are. Simply remove the music. Much of music is poetry set to music, and some performances may be considered as "pure poetry". Still, I understand why others disagree, or why my interpretation is too narrow. To each his own, or her own. Maybe I just like to have those things that are defined to be reconsidered if they are changed significantly. Otherwise, what "meaning" is there to anything with
"Everything is a Poison; it is the amount or degree that separates one Poison from another"