In an essay about the relationship between poetry and music, Claudia Emerson writes, “We all know that poetry is not one thing; the spectrum from lyric to narrative in the category of ‘poem’ is vast and encompasses much; so, too, the spectrum of formal to freer verse. The same goes for song, for music itself.”

Below are poems and resources about jazz poetryballads, Aretha Franklin, and other musical elements of poetry.