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Poets and lyricists are creative writers. Their profession is so unique and requires the talent and skill to succeed in it. Unlike traditional jobs, poetry also makes a big hit in the entertainment industry giving various opportunities to poets and lyricists.


“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words”

-Robert Frost

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Who is a poet and lyricist?

Poets and lyricists are artists. However they are different from each other. Poets write their words for reading, not singing, which distinguishes them from lyricists. The delivery is quite different even though both artists use rhymes, stanzas, unique vocabulary, and symbolism. Whereas only the words, not the music, are written by lyricists for a song or musical endeavour. They must maintain the song's lyrics at the appropriate tempo and within the context of the music they are writing for.

What are the different career/profession/job options available in poetry and lyricists?

  • Writing Careers in Poetry

  • Publishing Careers

  • Teaching Career Portal

  • Librarian Careers

  • Arts Organisations and Bookstores

  • Movie/ entertainment industry

What is the scope of poetry and lyricists in India?

In India especially the scope of poetry and lyricists lies mainly in the entertainment industry giving various opportunities to poets and lyricists. There are those who have successfully made their living in India as a poet in the literature field as well.

Types of poetry and lyricists

Poetry can be divided into further genres:

  • Epic

  • Lyric

  • Narrative

  • Satirical

  • prose poetry

How many years will be required to study poetry and lyricists as well as basic qualification requirements?

To become a poet, you must have at least a bachelor's degree and be well-versed in English literature, composition, creative writing, and poetic construction. Poets need to be extremely knowledgeable about language, poetic voice, style, and structure. The degree will take upto 3-4 years in creative writing and literature.

What are the top universities in India for studying poetry and lyricists?

  • University of Mumbai Santacruz East, Mumbai

  • CSJM - Chhatrapati Shahu Ji Maharaj University Kanpur

  • Hindustan College of Arts and Science Kelambakkam, Chennai

  • Department of English and Foreign Languages Kanpur

  • Calcutta University College Street, Kolkata

What are the top universities abroad to study poetry and lyricists?

  1. University of Auckland

  2. Trinity College Dublin

  3. Bath Spa University

  4. Keele University

  5. University of South Carolina

  6. Central Michigan University

  7. California State University

What skills are required to be a poet and lyricist?

  • Writing

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Active listening

  • Social Sensitivity

  • Time Management

  • Critical Thinking

What personality is best suitable for a poet and lyricist?

The natural personality traits of published poets include creativity, curiosity, and maybe eccentricity. However, writing proficiency is not a personality trait. It can be learned. Poetry writing is a skill that can be learnt, even though poets may be more imaginative and unconventional.

What are the pros and cons of working as a poet and lyricist?


  • Your personality fits it perfectly

  • You practically pay nothing for it

  • You can still write even when you're old

  • Getting famous in this industry is very likely


  • Rejection

  • You must do your own sales

  • writer's block

  • You must make financial compromises

  • It takes time to be successful in this field as there is no stable income


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