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Jahan Ramazani

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226083735

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226083421.001.0001

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Poetry and Song

Poetry and Song

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Poetry and Its Others
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Jahan Ramazani

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226083421.003.0004

In homage to the long fellowship between poetry and song, modern and contemporary writers often title their poems “songs.” This book examines how they make use of song lyrics and song forms, quote songs extensively, and even envy song’s collective performance and what Roland Barthes called the singer’s vocal grain. Poetry infuses itself with rock and roll, opera, the blues, jazz, rap, reggae, African praise song, and funeral dirges, among other forms. At the same time, it also distinguishes itself as literary verse— by virtue of its visual layout, self-critique, self-interruption, and semantic complexity. After exploring poetry and song in the work of postcolonial and black British poets such as Jean Binta Breeze and Patience Agbabi, the chapter turns to twenty-first-century American experimental poets such as Rae Armantrout, Michael Palmer, and Tracie Morris, and lyric poets such as Frank Bidart, Kevin Young, Terrance Hayes, and Paul Muldoon.

Keywords:   poetry and song, postcolonial poetry, Jean Binta Breeze, Patience Agbabi, Rae Armantrout, Michael Palmer, Tracie Morris, Frank Bidart, Terrance Hayes, Paul Muldoon

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