By M. Dowdy
"In this learn, Dowdy uncovers and analyzes the first rhetorical innovations, fairly figures of voice, in American political poetry from the Vietnam War-era to the current. through advancing a theoretical version that foregrounds how poems enact politically-engaged voices, the e-book cuts throughout serious experiences equipped by way of id classification and material. Combining theories of employer and cultural reports, this complete account of latest American verse makes use of shut readings of canonical and lesser identified poets, bilingual poets, and hip-hop artists so as to chart American poetry's unique voices. This ebook might be necessary to these attracted to twentieth-century poetry, poetics, hip-hop tradition, literature and politics, cultural reports, and African-American and Latina/o cultures."--Jacket. Read more...
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Unlike poets, many of the rappers I discuss have larger, more enthusiastic, loyal audiences, participatory live shows, and more cultural capital as the bards of contemporary culture. Agency: A Framework for Reading Political Poetry My framework for reading poems and understanding their strategies is derived from theories of agency that work to negotiate the individual agent’s ability to act according to her purposes in relation to the determining material, political, and social forces that constrain action.
Massumi’s work on movement is meaningful for my understanding of politics and agency in poetry. ” With every move, with every change, there is something new to the world, an added reality so that the world is self-augmenting. Every experience carries a “fringe of active indetermination” (232). Just like those (real, imagined, or recreated) experiences related in a political poem, the sense of active indetermination centers a poem in public space, where the experience inside the poem is also in some sense outside it in public, social, political spaces, and with other readers, listeners.
It is not outrageous to claim that teenagers and college students may have read poetry in the 1960s, but now listen to hip-hop. Even so, Shetley argues that poetry should become more difficult. Further, the “romantic persistence” of American poetry, as described by Pinsky in The Situation of Poetry, can prevent poetry’s engagement with social and political spheres if it is viewed as insular and primarily concerned with internal mind states rather than public issues. Similarly, poet and current NEA chair Dana Gioia describes “the energy of American poetry” as focused inward toward a self-contained community of relatively homogenous readers, which leads to (and is a product of ) a lack of a broader public role for poets (2), something we see changing with a broader public activist role for many hip-hop artists.
American political poetry in the 21st century by M. Dowdy