Is music poetry? Is American Music of the 1960s poetry?


Music may not be poetry, but lyrics certainly can be, especially many of those of the 1960s, the heyday of singer-songwriters.

Poetry can be defined as "condense, intense, experience."  One 1960s era song that combines these three aspects (as well as adhering to a rhyme scheme) is "Me and Bobby McGee," performed by Janis Joplin and written by Kris Kristofferson.  Here's a couple of stanzas:

Busted flat in Baton Rouge,

Waitin' for a train,

And I'm feelin' near as faded as my jeans.

Bobby thumbed a diesel down just before it rained.

Wrote a song and went to New Orleans.


Freedom's just another word for nothin left to lose,

And nothin' aint worth nothin' but its free,

Feelin' good was easy, lord, when Bobby sang the


Good enough for me and Bobby McGee. 

And buddy, that was good enough for me.

I'm sure many others out there can offer their opinions on how music from America in the 1960s fits the criteria of "poetry." 

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