Thomas Salzano: Tip to Turn Poetry into Lyrics

Poetry can be turned into song lyrics, such songs are more relatable as they mainly express the meaning of life, love, and laughter, says Thomas Salzano, a renowned poet. There are many popular song lyrics that are full of poetic language and imagination.

So if you have any doubt that you should use poetry as a part of your song, then the answer is yes, for sure. There is no harm until the poetry compliments your songs, and fits in perfectly.

To help you further to decide that you can use poetry to turn into your song lyrics, here are some points shared by Thomas Salzano, a popular poet. These tips shared by Thomas will help you with your lyrics writing using poetry.

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Change the Meter and the Structure 

Like we have stanzas in poetry, in songs we have verses. The majority of songs have verses that are 8-12 lines long. 

  • The lines in verses are usually short as compared to the stanzas in poetry. So to match and fit the poetry into the song lyrics you either need to remove words from each line of your poetry to make them into verses. The other option is when you create the verses, use words and lines in your poetry that are easy to follow and understand.
  • Try to compose a short, meaningful, and repetitive chorus. A chorus is usually six to eight lines long and repeats after each verse in the song. The chorus should contain the central idea or meaning or emotion of the song. Consider it a tip or suggestion that “the chorus of the song will usually contain the title of the song.”
  • The rhyme theme totally depends upon you as it is not necessary that the song lyrics will rhyme. Modern songs these days have no rhyme scheme at all and still are popular for their lyrics. 
  • For inspiration and guidance we always look upon the expert, so in this case, take out time and listen to the songs written by the poets and analyze their writing technique.
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Adjust the Imagination and Language

The language and the imagery should match when you write the lyrics, the continuity should not break.

  • Make sure the language used is simple and casual so that the audience can easily understand and connect with the song. If you are using formal language, then in that case you can pretend that you are talking to a friend or family member in your song lyrics, to keep up the concept of adjusting the language and the imagery.

  • A basic tip here is that try and create imagery that creates an emotional response.
  • A song should be universal, which means the emotions or the theme of the song should be able to connect with listeners all over the world. They should feel that the songs belong to them, like songs on emotion does, for example, pure love, broken heart, motivation, etc can be some themes that all listeners connect with depending on the situation.
  • Tell your listener a story, for the start, or to make it more interesting leave the story at a point where the listeners will wait for part 2 to release and the story to continue. A perfect song will take the listener on a journey and explore an experience or a moment in a detailed way.
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If you are good with musical instruments, try and create an original melody on the guitar. Another option is that you choose a melody that is available online for use, is interesting, and catchy.

Fit your songs with the melody and create the best version.

One thing that is common between poetry and songs is that they are either based on emotion, fiction, or a real situation that somehow connects the audience with it.

It’s not easy to do so, and if you are able to create a song like that, you will automatically come to know that it’s amazing with the response you get from your audience.


There are some basic tips shared by Thomas Salzano that will definitely help you with turning poetry into song lyrics.