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

By: Caplan, David.
Material type: TextTextSeries: eBooks on Demand.Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, USA, 2014Description: 1 online resource (194 p.).ISBN: 9780199714100.Subject(s): American poetry -- 20th century -- History and criticism | American poetry -- 21st century -- History and criticism | English language -- Rhyme | Hip-hop -- United StatesGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Rhyme's Challenge : Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming CultureDDC classification: 808.1 | 811.609 LOC classification: PE1517 .C36 2014Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
Cover; RHYME'S CHALLENGE; Copyright; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION Because It Rhymes; 1 REDUCED TO RHYME Contemporary Doggerel; 2 THE ART OF RHYMED INSULT; 3 MAKING LOVE IN MIRRORS Hip-Hop Seduction Verse; 4 THE INHERITORS OF HIP HOP Reclaiming Rhyme; CONCLUSION On the Present and Future of Rhyme; CREDITS; NOTES; INDEX
Summary: 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 Sha
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Cover; RHYME'S CHALLENGE; Copyright; CONTENTS; ACKNOWLEDGMENTS; INTRODUCTION Because It Rhymes; 1 REDUCED TO RHYME Contemporary Doggerel; 2 THE ART OF RHYMED INSULT; 3 MAKING LOVE IN MIRRORS Hip-Hop Seduction Verse; 4 THE INHERITORS OF HIP HOP Reclaiming Rhyme; CONCLUSION On the Present and Future of Rhyme; CREDITS; NOTES; INDEX

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 Sha

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CHOICE Review

Caplan (English and creative writing, Ohio Wesleyan Univ.) identifies a striking truth, namely that hip-hop lyricists adore rhyme, whereas contemporary print-based poets largely avoid it. Using strong close readings and rich literary contextualization, he argues that rap artists leveraged a rapidly expanding English language to champion rhyming, a poetic technique that had fallen victim to changing creative tastes. The author explores doggerel, insult, and seduction verse, showing that by echoing these traditional categories hip-hop emcees yoked vintage forms and cutting-edge consciousness to discover new aesthetic possibilities. In the penultimate section, Caplan suggests that a cohort of 21st-century poets is exploiting these discoveries. But though his deftness in ranging from Shakespeare to Jay-Z commands applause, Caplan's treatments sometimes strain for coherence. He does not explain the logic of his structural focuses; thus, for example, the question arises as to why he ignored a genre like elegy. Of greater concern is his neglect of artists like Maya Angelou and Gil Scott Heron and critics like Aldon Nielson and Meta Jones: these omissions rob his conclusions of nuance. Such quibbling notwithstanding, Caplan's efforts herald important new options for analyzing rap. --Michael D. Hill, University of Iowa

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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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