"Poetry is the music of the soul" (Voltarie)<br />Is it any wonder then that spoken word emerged?<br />Poetry is an art from <br />meant to be heard and <br />experienced, bot just read <br />and analyzed from a book.<br />Spoken word emerged in <br />the late 1980's and early <br />90's with "poetry slams" <br />where spoken word <br />artists would "duel" on the stage. It is a new wave of performing art that rely's on beat, voice, and movement for expression. It is often a solo performance, though others may be enlisted to help set the stage.<br />.<br />
Let's take a look at a few examples and see what you think...<br />These first two examples are beatnik, from an old movie "So I Married an Axe Murderer"<br />
Before we listen to the last poem, I'm going to hand out a copy. Read it with a partner and see if you can bring the words to life.<br />Then think about the following...<br />What is the main message?<br />What line moves you most and why?<br />What does the poet mean when he says, "speak every time you stand so you do not forget yourself"?<br />How is repetition used to help emphasize the point? What does "dust" refer to?<br />What do the last lines of the poem mean to you?<br />What does Anis say poet's words should do for you?<br />
Now let's listen to him deliver his message...<br />
How do these poems challenge your understanding of what poetry is?<br />Which poem spoke to you the most and why?<br />What makes these poems appealing?<br />What techniques do the poets use to help bring the words alive?<br />
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