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  •  I couldn't vote (1+ / 0-)
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    There were too many omissions, and it's hard to pick just one as the "greatest" in any case.

    As for the diary...

    Poetry that lives only on the page is boring unless you're e.e. cummings.  A great poem is always better read aloud.  The whole tradition of poetry began as a way to pass history and mythology down through the generations and likely predates the written word by many thousands of years.  Just my opinion, but I usually find poetry written to stay dead on a page to be pretentious and boring.

    A great poem makes me want to read it out loud, the same way a great song makes me want to sing along.  So I'm going to say that, yes, rock lyrics (and hip-hop lyrics and folk lyrics and country lyrics, etc.) are poetry -- lyrical poetry.

    The meek shall inherit the Earth that the stupid destroyed.

    by CharlieHipHop on Sun May 26, 2013 at 08:09:51 AM PDT

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    •  You're welcome to pick 5 or 10 favorite writers (2+ / 0-)
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      Monsieur Georges, dharmafarmer

      If I spent a week working on it, I could come up with a list of 100.

      My poll question, Which of these is the greatest lyric writer?, actually just asks which is the greatest "of these". As my diary states, I think Dylan's the greatest of all, but he's not on the list.

      You make a good point, but it's not the whole story. e.e. cummings is a fine example of a poet who played both to sound, and to sight. He put so much play into how precisely he arranged the words on the page. So an essential part of experiencing his poem is how it reads when you look at it.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:08:24 AM PDT

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