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Rhyme's Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture

ISBN : 9780195337129

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¥17,710
Author: 
David Caplan
Pages
192 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
148 x 217 mm
Pub date
Mar 2014
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Rhyme's Challenge offers a concise, pithy primer to hip-hop poetics while presenting a spirited defense of rhyme in contemporary American poetry. David Caplan's stylish study examines hip-hop's central but supposedly outmoded verbal technique: rhyme. At a time when print-based poets generally dismiss formal rhyme as old-fashioned and bookish, hip-hop artists deftly deploy it as a way to capture the contemporary moment. Rhyme accommodates and colorfully chronicles the most conspicuous conditions and symbols of contemporary society: its products, technologies, and personalities. Ranging from Shakespeare and Wordsworth, to Eminem and Jay-Z, David Caplan's study demonstrates the continuing relevance of rhyme to poetry-and everyday life.

Index: 

Introduction: Because It Rhymes
Chapter 1
Reduced to Rhyme: Contemporary Doggerel
Chapter 2
The Art of Rhymed Insult
Chapter 3
Making Love in Mirrors: Hip-Hop Seduction Verse
Chapter 4
The Inheritors of Hip Hop: Reclaiming Rhyme
Conclusion
Notes
Index

About the author: 

David Caplan is Charles M. Weis Chair in English and Associate Director of Creative Writing at Ohio Wesleyan University. His previous books include Questions of Possibility: Contemporary Poetry and Poetic Form and the poetry collection In the World He Created According to His Will.

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