Writing Technique - Point Of View
Whether for poetry or songs, lyrics that are written in different points of view have different effects depending on the specific perspective you choose.
And often times point-of-views can even change in the middle of your writing for increased effect on the audience.
There are three point of view:
- 1st Person - "I; Me"; the story is being told FROM INSIDE you, the
writer, where we can experience your personal thoughts and feelings.
- 2nd Person - "You"; the story is being told by you, the writer TO another
person or persons as if you're speaking one-on-one.
- 3rd Person - "He; She; They"; the story is being told by you, the writer, ABOUT another person or persons.
Examples of Points Of View in Poems and Songs
From Popular Poems
- Shel Silverstein - "Point Of View" (2nd person)
- Mac Mckenzie - "Keepsake" (3rd person)
- Shel Silversteint - "Paul Bunyan" (3rd person)
- Pat A. Fleming - "The Lost Soul" (1st person)
From Popular Songs
Songs are notorious for creating narratives using point of view. Songs are either written "to" (i.e. 2nd person) someone, "about" (i.e. 3rd person) someone or about oneself (i.e. 1st person).
So feel free to read the lyrics of your favorite songs for examples.
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Updated: April 3, 2020
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