The Similarities of Poetry and Music

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Poetry has some prominent similarities to music. I think everyone, once they read poetry out loud, can see that. Music is often based on poetry, just as poetry can be based on music. But what are the similarities?



Everything has a rhythm. Our speech has rhythm, our songs have rhythm and poems have rhythm. Rhythm doesn’t have to have a regular meter – slowing and quickening of words is rhythm. But read something aloud, and listen to yourself naturally emphasising certain words. That is a rhythm. Even free verse poems have rhythm, just as all songs have rhythm.



You write your thoughts or feelings, do you not? When you write poetry, you want people to know how you feel, or what you think. You want to convey what you are feeling, to invoke to invoke a particular emotion. With music this is true, with speech this is true, and with poetry this is true.



In any sort of writing you would want to be original, right? Maybe take an ordinary idea and twist it. Poetry and music are both pieces of writing that you would want to be original, instead of just copying another idea almost completely. Other forms of writing contain creativity, but music and poetry most of all. 


Music can help you write poetry

If you are experienced with musical notes, then this could very well be useful for you. Crotchets (quarter notes), double/triple quavers (beamed notes), rests, and more are so helpful with this.

If you are not going for a free verse poem, and instead want a specific structured poem with a regular meter, then try using those terms to help you out. But remember, this only works if you know what these notes mean.


Crotchet, crotchet, crotchet

Triple quaver, crotchet

Crotchet, crotchet, crotchet

Triple quaver, crotchet


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