- Poem and song
The differences between
poemand songmay become less meaningful where verse is set to music, to the point that any distinction becomes untenable. This is perhaps recognised in the way popular songs have " lyrics".
However, the verse may pre-date its
tune(in the way that " Rule Britannia" was set to music, and " And did those feet in ancient time" has become the hymn "Jerusalem"), or the tune may be lost over time but the words survive, matched by a number of different tunes (this is particularly common with hymns and ballads).
Possible classifications proliferate (under
anthem, ballad, blues, carol, folk song, hymn, libretto, lied, lullaby, march, praise song, round, spiritual). Nursery rhymesmay be songs, or doggerel: the term doesn't imply a distinction. The ghazalis a sung form that is considered primarily poetic. See also rapping, roots of hip hop music.
dramamight normally be judged (at its best) as poetry, but not consisting of poems (see dramatic verse).
List of national anthems
Rock and roll anthems
List of Irish ballads
*Traditional British ballads
Thomas the Rhymer"
The House of the Rising Sun"
Lift Every Voice and Sing"
Hush Little Baby"
Itsy Bitsy Spider"
Green grow the rushes"
Auld Lang Syne"
Desolation Row" — Bob Dylan
List of poems
List of poetic forms
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