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Spoken Word Poetry
Transcript of Spoken Word Poetry
Will You Write About?
Spoken Word Poetry
Drive: Picking a Topic
What's important is that you care about what is being discussed. Sometimes it's personal and sometimes it's an area of interest.
Example: I care a lot about violence against womxn and human rights.
Core: Spoken Word is Free Verse!
The only important thing in Spoken Word is having a rhythm.
You don't need to rhyme.
You don't need to be fancy.
Feel free to use metaphors, similies, imagery, etc.
The more you can connect emotionally to your poetry, the more the audience can understand you.
Foundation: Spoken Word as Community Engaged Scholarship
Community Engaged Scholarship - the ability to engage with communities outside of the university (your younger or older friends, family or strangers) and discuss important topics at an easy to comprehend level.
"If you can't explain it to a six year old, you don't understand it yourself." - Albert Einstein.
What is Suli Breaks arguing in the poem?
How does he use academic language to make his point?
Do you agree with him? Why or why not?
What is the argument Rachel Rostad is making?
How does the poet see the character of Cho Chang in Harry Potter and what is the bigger problem she is trying to address when it comes to books?
If you read or watched the Harry Potter series, did this change the way you saw Cho Chang's character?
What is Sy Stokes's argument in his poem?
Why does he compare one's ability to get into higher education to playing a game of baseball?
Do you agree or disagree with his argument, why?
What happened to Neil Hilborn?
Why are we, as viewers, moved by his poem?
what can we learn from his personal experience?
"that one time..."
Find a spoken word poem online that you REALLY LIKE and write a paragraph reflection on why you liked it, your thoughts, and opinions. What was the argument? How does this address a societal or global issue? Or if it doesn't, why did you like it so much?