[Milton-L] Re: Books, documents and texts
birish at bu.edu
Mon Dec 13 19:07:57 EST 2004
I'm curious: to those who are inclined to dismiss the poetic value of rap,
how much time have you devoted to its study and analysis?
Would you allow a student to similarily dismiss an entire genre--say, for
example, the 17th century lyric--after a comparable investigation?
> Very interesting post. Aesthetic categories are at bottom social
> categories. The exclusion of rap lyrics prima facie from the category of
> poetry says a lot about what that category means in our society. We could
> define it as what black youth aren't writing/listening to.
> To argue that rap lyrics ARE poetry would be to try to elevate and
> legitimize the form, and therefore to accept the basic aesthetic/social
> stratification implied by the term in the first place.
> The list member goes on to cover up the real social content of her idea by
> citing formal criteria to justify it ("bad form," "limp meters," "lazy
> rhyming"). What's telling is the confidence with which these are applied
> wholesale to an entire genre.
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