Rhyme's Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture by David Caplan

Rhyme's Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming Culture

byDavid Caplan

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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 generallydismiss 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.

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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.
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Title:Rhyme's Challenge: Hip Hop, Poetry, and Contemporary Rhyming CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:February 24, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: Because It Rhymes1. Reduced to Rhyme: Contemporary Doggerel2. The Art of Rhymed Insult3. Making Love in Mirrors: Hip-Hop Seduction Verse4. The Inheritors of Hip Hop: Reclaiming RhymeConclusionNotesIndex