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Book of Rhymes: The Poetics of Hip Hop

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If asked to list the greatest innovators of modern American poetry, few  of us would think to include Jay-Z or Eminem in their number. And yet  hip hop is the source of some of the most exciting developments in verse  today. The media uproar in response to its controversial lyrical  content has obscured hip hop's revolution of poetic craft and  experience: Only in rap music can the beat of a song render poetic meter  audible, allowing an MC's wordplay to move a club-full of eager  listeners.

Examining rap history's most memorable lyricists and  their inimitable techniques, literary scholar Adam Bradley argues that  we must understand rap as poetry or miss the vanguard of poetry today. Book of Rhymes  explores America's least understood poets, unpacking their surprisingly  complex craft, and according rap poetry the respect it deserves.


  • Paperback :  288 pages 
  • Product Dimensions :  5.6 x 0.95 x 8.25 inches 
  • Publisher:  Civitas Books; Revised Edition (June 27, 2017)