October 29, 2006

Rap poetry

Rap is a manifestation of three things:
  1. The human search for poetic expression
  2. The potential expressions in rhythm and rhyme that are specific to English
  3. The abysmal standard of literary education in the United States
American education does virtually nothing to develop skills in rhythm and rhyme - specifically, it does very little to develop the ability to recite long passages emotionally and verbatim (for both of which rhythm and rhyme are extremely useful).

However, the natural desire for emotional and verbatim recitation still finds an outlet, even among the least skilled, in rap.

I find it putrid, for the most part.

1 comment:

  1. And in finding it putrid, you miss tapping into the main creative expression of political dissent in the United States today. Pity.


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