This post is inspired by one of the songs on Kym's recent play list post.
One of these days, if it ever comes to fruition that I rule the world and education is no longer held hostage by bureaucrats, I am going to introduce into the curriculum for incoming Freshman, a class called Rock as Poetry. Don't get me wrong, I loves me my Donne and Shakespeare and Yeats and Plath as much as the next person. But I contend some of the best poetry that's been written in the past fifty years or so has been written as a rock and roll lyric.
Don't believe me? How about this, from Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box"?
Meat-eating orchids forgive no one just yet
Cut myself on angel's hair and baby's breath
Broken hymen of your highness I'm left black
Throw down your umbilical noose so I can climb right back.
Take that, Anne Sexton.
Here's another song that gives me goosebumps every time I hear it (thanks, Kym, for reminding me!):
What's your favorite piece of rock and roll poetry?