Modern songwriting is not poetry, says music’s Ross Duffin

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Chicago Tribune: Centuries ago, poems and songs were regarded as the same thing, but “today’s cultural gatekeepers” insist poetry and song lyrics are different. One reason: “Modern poetry is more intellectual than modern songwriting,” said Ross W. Duffin, Fynette H. Kulas Professor of Music and a historian of early music.