Rhyme's Challenge : Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture
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.
- Hardback | 192 pages
- 144.78 x 218.44 x 17.78mm | 385.55g
- 13 Mar 2014
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Table of contents
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
A refreshingly serious and stimulating consideration of the formal tendencies of hip hop, Caplanas study infuses previous readings of hip hopas social concerns and historical situations with an exacting look at the pleasures and ramifications of rhyme. * Yasmine Shamma, Poetry Magazine *
About David Caplan
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.