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Spoken word poetry


  • Poetry that is meant to be performed and that is heavily stressed, metrically regular, and characterized by improvisation, free association, and word play. For poetry meant to be performed that emphasizes sounds instead of the semantic meaning of the words themselves see [Sound poetry.]

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  • Form

    • Spoken word poetry
  • Variants

    • Performance poetry
    • Spoken word verse
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  • Sources

    • found: LCSH, Oct. 21, 2014(Spoken word poetry. Here are entered works on poems that are meant to be performed and that are heavily stressed, metrically regular, and are characterized by improvisation, free association, and word play. Works on poems that are meant to be performed that emphasize sounds instead of semantics for their meaning are entered under Sound poetry)
    • found: What is spoken word poetry?, via Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art website, Nov. 15, 2012(Spoken word poetry is poetry that is written on a page but performed for an audience. Because it is performed, this poetry tends to demonstrate a heavy use of rhythm, improvisation, free association, rhymes, rich poetic phrases, word play and slang. It is more aggressive and "in your face" than more traditional forms of poetry; spoken word poems are written to be performed)
    • found: Fisher, M.T. Writing in rhythm : spoken word poetry in urban classrooms, c2007.
    • found: Tempest, K. Let them eat chaos, 2016:p. opp. t.p. verso ("This poem was written to be read aloud") p. 4 of cover (Let Them Eat Chaos, Kate Tempest's new long poem written for live performance)
    • found: Petridis, A. Kate Tempest: Let them eat chaos review - pop, poetry and politics collide, via The guardian website, posted 6 Oct. 2016, viewed on Sept. 28, 2017("Performance poetry might still be a niche concern, but Kate Tempest now gets to do hers on primetime TV - and deservedly so"; "on paper at least, Kate Tempest's new album still seems like a tough sell. It's a 48-minute long hip-hop-influenced performance poem about the alienated lives of the residents of one south London street")
    • found: Encyclopedia of American poetry. The twentieth century, c2001(Performance poetry; poems designed expressly for live performance, often in collaborative or multimedia contexts that incorporates music, dance, or the visual arts)
    • found: Oxford dictionaries website, Sept. 28, 2017(performance poetry: A form of poetry intended to be performed as a dramatic monologue or exchange and frequently involving improvisation.)
  • General Notes

    • Poetry that is meant to be performed and that is heavily stressed, metrically regular, and characterized by improvisation, free association, and word play. For poetry meant to be performed that emphasizes sounds instead of the semantic meaning of the words themselves see [Sound poetry.]
  • Example Notes

    • Note under [Sound poetry]
  • Change Notes

    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2017-12-14: revised
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