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This Week's PSB Survey
Inspired by the Nobel Prize committee recently deciding to award the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan, which has sparked some debate about the relationships among song lyrics, poetry, and literature—

Which of the following statements comes closest to describing how you feel about Neil Tennant both as a lyricist and as a poet?*

I consider him both a great lyricist and a great poet!
I consider him a great lyricist, but not a great poet.
I consider him a great poet, but not a great lyricist.
I don't consider him either a great lyricist or a great poet.
I don't feel qualified to make a judgment on this subject.

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*I recognize that this question hinges on one's definition of "greatness," as well as on how one relates "lyrics" to "poetry." That's all up to each individual voter. If, for instance, you consider Neil a "good" lyricist but not truly "great," remember that I'm asking you to choose the statement that comes closest to expressing how you feel. So it's then up to you to decide whether being "good" is, from your own perspecive, closer to being "great" or to being "not great." It's your call.

What This Website Is All About

This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentary—often including attempted explanations and interpretations—on the songs of my favorite contemporary pop band. Of course, this commentary has often been influenced by what the Pet Shop Boys themselves, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have said about their music and by what others have previously written. Nevertheless, many of the observations I make here are original with me.

By no means am I suggesting that these are the "only" or "correct" interpretations. In fact, it's typical of great art, even great pop art, to lend itself to multiple interpretations. And I do consider the Pet Shop Boys to be the creators of great pop art. So you can take or leave my interpretations as you wish. If you disagree, please don't take offense. Rather, enjoy the fact that we're both fans of music rich enough to invite different interpretations.

Despite my best efforts, I have no doubt that I'm guilty of at least some factual errors. I recognize this fact and apologize in advance for any that may have slipped past me. I'll certainly correct any errors that come to my attention.

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This site was originally posted on March 16, 2001, and was most recently revised on October 25, 2016.

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