Is rap a poetry debate?

Is rap a poetry debate?

One of the most contentious issues in the popular arts is whether rap music is a type of poetry. My response is that, while a lot of rap is terrible poetry, it is still poetry. Rappers, in other words, shape their rhymes to match a metrical rhythm. It's not rap if it doesn't follow the metrical pattern. But since many rappers don't seem to know how to use meter effectively, they tend to ramble rather than paint pictures with their rhymes.

Some people argue that only good poets use meter and rhyme, but this is false. Many great poets have used free verse instead - think Shakespeare or Milton. What's more, even among those poets who do use meter, there are broad categories of work associated with particular poets that show that they had different tastes in what kind of poem they preferred. For example, Pope is known for his heroic couplets, which are relatively small poems that try to cover a wide range of subjects. By contrast, Byron's Don Juan poems are very long and detailed works that try to cover one subject over several hundred pages.

In short, whether you call it poetry or not, rap is a genre that uses language to convey ideas and emotions. And like all genres of writing, some songs will be better than others. Some rappers will use language more inventively and vividly than others. Some songs will stick in your head for days or weeks at a time while others will go under-appreciated quickly.

How is rap different than spoken word poetry?

Rap is a popular art form that is similar to spoken word but considerably distinct in sound and culture. Raps emphasize rhythm, rhyme, and melody. Poetry is solely reliant on word flow and rhyme. Said Word has a particular swagger, and it is written above all to be spoken. Rap music is more of a hybrid between poetry and music; although there are no set rules when it comes to making songs, most rappers use a microphone and write their own lyrics.

Spoken word poetry is like rap in that they are both forms of improvisational performance art. However, unlike rap, which is almost always performed by an artist known as a "rapper", spoken word poets often work with a group or community. Some examples include Rosetta Stone, who worked with African-Americans in New York City during the 1970s and 1980s, and Nef The Pharaoh, who collaborated with other artists across Europe in the 1990s.

Spoken word poetry is very political too. It is not uncommon for rappers to talk about social issues such as police brutality, racism, and poverty. These topics are also important elements in spoken word performances. Some famous performers include Gil Scott Heron, who used his songs to criticize racial inequality in the United States, and Kendrick Lamar, who talks about social issues throughout his albums.

In conclusion, rap is a type of music that originated in Detroit in the 1970s. It became popular outside of Michigan later on.

Do rappers study poetry?

Of course, the quick answer is "no." To say the obvious, things may have characteristics without being the same thing, and questioning if rap is poetry has always struck me as a pointless inquiry. Rap and poetry both employ literary strategies such as assonance and alliteration. They also share many other qualities, such as rhythm and rhyme. If you ask any rapper or poet what they do for a living, you will usually get a response like "I write songs and try to get them on top 10 hit lists." The only real difference between these two occupations is that poets usually don't make any money from their work, while musicians can earn plenty.

Rappers often cite Dr. Dre as an influence, so it isn't surprising that he is also a producer who works with many different types of artists. He has said himself that he doesn't write lyrics, so this question shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who knows him. However, despite not writing his own music, he has been called the "poet laureate" of Los Angeles due to his understanding of melody and rhythm.

Even though Dr. Dre hasn't written any poems, that doesn't mean that he isn't influenced by poetry. His background includes studying literature at college, so he probably reads quite a lot of poetry.

What makes rap different from other music?

Rap is distinct from spoken-word poetry in that it is typically delivered off-key to musical accompaniment. Rap is generally connected with hip hop music since it is a fundamental component of that genre. However, the origins of rap precede hip-hop culture by many years. It can be traced back to 1970s Bronx, New York, where it was first developed as an underground music scene popularized by rappers such as Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five. Today, rap music is accepted into the mainstream culture and is considered one of the largest selling music genres in the world.

In addition to hip hop, rap has had influence on other genres of music, most notably rock. Many rock musicians have covered rap songs or created their own versions of hip-hop instrumentals; others have been influenced by the rhythmic structure of rap songs.

Hip hop music has also had an impact on other forms of media, particularly television. Rap songs are often used to promote new products, including movies and cars. Hip-hop artists have also been known to endorse products directly through lyrics (for example, Brand Nubian's endorsement of Puma shoes).

Finally, hip hop music has had an effect on politics. Barack Obama has referred to himself as a "rock star politician" due to his ability to attract young voters through popular music.

What is the difference between poetry and rap?

Rap is infamous for coining new words and phrases, but poetry is regarded more traditional. Rappers like experimenting with word meanings, and they frequently combine or invent new ones. A line in a rap song, for example, is referred to as a "bar," whereas poetry use more traditional terminology. Rap is also known for its fast rhyming patterns and often includes samples from other songs.

Poetry, on the other hand, tends to be more formal and uses regular meter and rhyme scheme. It can be about anything, but it usually involves some sort of emotionality or personal expression. Poets such as Pablo Neruda and Robert Frost delivered speeches that were considered by many to be poems. Modern-day poets tend to classify themselves as either slam poets or conceptual artists/writers. Both types of poets use their skills to create works that appeal to multiple senses including sound, sight, and touch.

In conclusion, poetry is regarded as a traditional art form while rap is not. They do have some similarities since both are forms of music with lyrics, but they are different enough that they could never be used to replace each other.

Can a song be considered a form of poetry?

There is no distinction. Poetry set to music has the potential to become a real song. Rap lyrics, in my opinion, are more easily classified as poetry due to their sense of rhythm. Other song lyrics, on the other hand, may undoubtedly be considered poetry. All poetry is meant to be read or heard, and since songs can now be recorded audio, that generally makes them poems too.

Some poets claim that only they are capable of writing true poetry because only they know how they feel about something. But others write about subjects they don't understand, so that doesn't seem right either. Regardless of what anyone else thinks, poetry is poetry - it doesn't have to make any sense or be related to anything else. That's what makes it special and unique.

Poetry is known by many names including: poem, verse, lyrical, and artful. Whatever name you choose to call it, every piece of poetry shares some common traits. First of all, everything from this type of writing is supposed to make people think and feel something. This means that most songs include metaphors and similes which compare two things without saying they're the same thing. For example, "The sun is like an orange ball coming out of the ocean" might sound like it's describing a scene on the beach, but really it's just saying that the sun looks like an orange ball.

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Michele Hernandez

Michele Hernandez has a degree in English and Creative Writing from California Polytechnic State University. She loves reading books, writing about books, and teaching people how to write. She hopes one day to become a published author, but for now she's happy writing articles about books and other things that interest English speakers around the world.

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