We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Of course they are. They might be bad literature, but lyrics are lyrics, and lyrics are poetry. Probably music lyrics came first, though, like chants with drumming or something. The Iliad was music lyrics, or at least a story set to music. The Psalms are songs for which the music has been lost. "Psalm" = Song.
Uh, no - the connection between the word psalm and psalter only exists in English.
The Hebrew word translated as "Psalm" is "tehilla" - which literally means "praise" - distinguishing it as devotional, rather than secular.
Many of the psalms start with an attribution that uses the more common word for "song" - "mizmor" - as in "a song of David."
Interestingly, the word mizmor comes from a root that means both "to prune branches" and "branches". Perhaps this is a reference to the structure of most songs, with words in short lines, as opposed to the longer, freer flow of prose.
I don't know. Literature is meant to be read. A song is meant to be heard.
Before mass literacy, literature was meant to be heard. Which includes epic poems, the Bible, etc.
I memorized some lines from Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner in 8th grade. I much enjoyed hearing that poem. Hearing or speaking a poem gives greater appreciation to the rhyme and rhythm of a poem.
I developed a hatred of poetry from being subjected to the Junior Literary Critic model in high school and college English classes. Over the years, that hatred of poetry has abated, helped by reading poetry out loud.
Many more people know Bob Dylan's songs than know TS Eliot's poems.