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Poetry Resources

Electronic Poetry Center

The EPC serves as a central gateway to resources in electronic poetry and poetics produced at the University at Buffalo as well as elsewhere on the Internet. The goal is "to make a wide range of resources centered on contemporary experimental and formally innovative poetries an immediate actuality." Extensive listing of poetry resources on the web.

Poems That GO

Created to unite words, design, music and motion and to celebrate poetry through technology and the Internet.

Songwriting Resources, Books

The Art of Writing Great Lyrics
by Pamela Phillips Oland
Allworth Press
Oland covers traditional issues in this text (song form, word play), but she also discusses the music business and the art of collaboration.

The Complete Guide to the Craft of Songwriting
by Stephen Citron
Limelight Editions
The book provides detailed discussions of melody, rhyme, and form, as well as a section on copyright law.

The Craft of Lyric Writing
by Shelia Davis
Writer's Digest Books
Drawn from her professional seminars on lyric writing, Davis examines a range of issues (rhyming, word play, song formats).

Songwriters on Songwriting
by Paul Zollo
DaCapo Press
Interviews with more than 50 songwriters, including Neil Young, Tom Petty, Jackson Browne, Carole King, Willie Dixon, Randy Newman, Lamont Dozier, and Suzanne Vega.

Tunesmith: Inside the Art of Songwriting
by Jimmy Webb
Hyperion Press

You Can Write a Song
by Amy Appleby
Amsco Publications
This workbook includes a CD and exercises to let fledgling songwriters create arrangements.

Songwriting Resources, Websites

American Songwriter Magazine

A magazine reporting on the craft and business of songwriting. Includes interviews, writing tips, industry news, reviews, lyric contest and more.

Li'l Hank's Guide for Songwriters

Advice and tips on lyric writing, song publishing, copyright information, performing, music law, recording, live music, venues, books, and inspiration. Free site maintained by Hal Cohen, songwriter.

Lyrical Line

Resources for songwriters: includes showcase for original songs, review area in which individuals can have songs critiqued by peers, questions and answers, interviews with songwriters, articles about the songwriting business.

Lyrics Tips from Pat Patterson

The web site of Pat Pattison, Professor of lyric writing and poetry at Berklee College of Music. Contains good tips about songwriting.

Lyrics Review

A site at which songwriters can submit their lyrics for review by readers, enter songwriting contests, work through the process of copyrighting original songs.

The Muse's Muse

A web site offering songwriters' resources including interviews with songwriters, advice for newcomers, recommended books on songwriting, the Muse's News (a free monthly newsletter).

Perspectives on Songwriting

Site of the Songwriters, Composers, Lyricists Association of Australia. Provides advice and insight on songwriting from the perspective of individual artists.


A collection of song lyrics, sheet music, and music liscensing services.

SongLink International

Each month, SongLink provides details of around 30-40 upcoming recording projects around the world requiring songs, with concise details about (a) the artist; (b) the style of music required; and (c) where to send your demos. Subscribers then respond by sending the required items directly to the contacts listed in the magazine.

Songwriters' Notes

The newsletter of the Dallas Songwriters' Association. This site includes news about songwriting contests, checklists and rating systems for evaluating songs.

Songwriters' Resource Network

An extensive collection of news and information for songwriters. Advice on writing and marketing songs, song contests, resources for songwriters.


A leading independent company for connecting songwriters, artists, unsigned bands


"Tonos is an online music insider's network founded by Oscar/Grammy winning lyricist Carole Bayer Sager, Grammy winning producer/composer David Foster and Grammy winning singer-songwriter/producer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds."

"Along with our amazing roster of chart-topping Hitmakers, the underlying purpose of Tonos is to not only seek out and develop undiscovered talent through our innovative online Challenges contests, but also to inspire, enlighten and educate musicians and artists around the world. In the words of Sager, it's all about "giving back to the industry that has given us so much."


Web site of an annual songwriting contest that strives to connect the peoples of the world. Extensive list of internationally hosted songwriters resources.

Scholarly Resources on Songs/Music Songwriting

Theodor Adorno's "On Popular Music"
(position on musical meaning)

A summary of Adorno's classic work on musical meaning and popular music. Done in collaboration with George Simpson.

Poetry and Pop

The online version of a review article by Thomas Swiss' that explores the relationship between popular music and poetry.

Dr. Phillip Tagg, music semiotician

Web site of Dr. Phillip Tagg, semiotic scholar of popular music. This web site looks at music from the viewpoint of semiotic theory. Tagg includes links to numerous papers on semiotic theory and popular culture including Adorno's "On Popular Music."

Further Assignments

Protest/Reform Songs

Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this assignment asks you to write your own protest song, taking you through the processes necessary to being your song.

Electric Bus Curriculum

This site, a division of the emplive site, has a wide range of songwriting curriculum resources, from American Songs in Perspective to Civic Rights songs, with high school and college students as two target audiences.

Resources for Teachers and Students


Definitive reference software for Guitar, Bass Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Ukulele and all other 4, 5 and 6 string fretted instruments. Includes a multimedia Music Theory tutorial.

Electric Bus

A rich collaboration between the Grammy Association and the Experience Music Project. Includes resources for teachers, assignments, archives, valuable scholarly resources on music, songwriting, songs.

Protest/Reform Songs

Rhyming Dictionary

A rhyming dictionary that can be of use to songwriters.

The U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress

Government web site at which individuals work through the process of copyrighting original songs.

"The Congress shall have Power . . . To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries . . . Article I, Section 8, U.S. Constitution"

The Black Book

A resource site, in cooperation with the Institute for Popular Music (University of Liverpool), that is useful for academics studying popular music. Includes scholarly articles on popular music of all eras and genres, scholarly resources about the music industry, music history, research funding, conferences.



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