Poet praises Arctic Monkeys' poetry
Published 28/01/2010 | 04:18
The Arctic Monkeys have been praised for their "poetry" by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy as she prepared to stage a literary Live Aid for the victims of the Haiti earthquake.
Duffy, who hopes that Poetry Live For Haiti in London on Saturday will raise tens of thousands of pounds, said the indie rock band were "great lyric writers".
She sang the band's praises after being asked whether any modern artists bridged the gap between pop and poetry in the way Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and John Lennon had done in the 1960s.
"Leonard Cohen's songs are poems - I saw him twice when he was touring here last year - Bob Dylan writes poems and the Arctic Monkeys write poems," she said. "They (the Arctic Monkeys) are great lyric writers."
In 2003, Seamus Heaney praised Eminem's "verbal energy" and said the American rap star had "sent a voltage around a generation".
And in 2007, Andrew Motion said Dylan's lyrics could turn teenagers "on to the full range of poetry".
"Dylan's words are a part of a spectrum of poetry that has formal, orthodox verse at one end, song-lyrics at the other," Motion wrote in The Times newspaper.