Posts Tagged ‘poetry’

Olympic Poetry Writing Event

July 27, 2012

In the original Olympic games, they had poetry, dance and guitar jamming (OK, lyre playing) alongside the sporting events.

From NPR: In the days of the ancient Greeks, poetry and sport went hand in hand at athletic festivals like the Olympics. Poets sang the praises of athletic champions and, at some festivals, even competed in official events, reciting or playing the lyre.

“The ancient Greeks very much sought perfection in the body and the intellect, they saw it totally connected.” Tony Perrottet, author of The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games.

Read or listen to the complete story here.

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Lyricists get their due

August 29, 2010

Lyricists got front page coverage in the Wall Street Journal, well, the front page of the Weekend Journal section. In The Secrets of Songwriters, lyricists and their methods are profiled. The writer casts a wide net, including lyricists from Nashville, Broadway, hip-hop, indie rock and even an opera librettist.

Whether they’re poets or hired guns, modern lyricists are fighting to keep their words in tune with a wildly changing music business. How top writers, from country to hip-hop, nail the phrases they hope will last forever.