How are poetry and music related?

So, I was wondering about the similarities between music and poetry- they both have meter, rhythm, and necessarily appeal to the auditory senses. They are both ways of communicating ideas purely through sounds- whether by pure music, or sung words, or merely poetic recitation. So how are they related? It seems obvious that we would not call them the same thing, so how are they different?


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  • Well when you think about it, songs themselves have to be rhythmetic. Poetry is pretty much the same, it has to well, flow, just the same. Rhythm is what makes music as well as poetry. The flowing of words, the instruments smooth melody all a part of poetry.

    There's even a form of poetry which is made into music called lyrical poems. They are just that, musical lyrics. Sometimes they are used in songs, sometimes left as just words with a specific rhythm. Rap is made up of rhythm, rhyme, sometimes alliteration and many other poetic attributes. It is the most likened to poetry, yet is still music.

    Music without words is poetry. Poetry is about flow, rhythm, meaning and expression. Instrumental music expresses, flows and shows just as much emotion as does music with words.

    All-in-all, music IS poetry. The difference between the two is so small that all poetry needs is either a vocalist or instruments.