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Are song lyrics poetry or just a collection of words?,
This review is from: Lyrics (Hardcover)In this book, Sting invites the question of how successfully his song lyrics can survive on their own, devoid of their musical accompaniment, and whether they actually represent poetic prose. The book takes the reader on a journey through the thoughts of the author, as a rock musician, with commentaries and introductory narratives for selected songs.
Despite some lyrics falling flat when presented in their raw state without the accompanying music, many songs' lyrics are resilient and substantial enough to work surprisingly well as a form of poetry. It is interesting to observe the development of Sting's lyrical prowess over the past 30 years, from the early days of The Police to the more sophisticated Synchronicity era and his subsequent solo career. The book certainly provides a unique collection of the impressive body of work that Sting has produced.
The aesthetics and presentation of the contents in this book are of the highest quality. No doubt fans of Sting will appreciate both the lyrics as well as the sepia photos of the author over the years, interspersed throughout the text.
Poetry or a collection of words . . . you decide, but it's worth a look to find out.