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Fans of Hip-Hop can gain a deeper understanding of the bridges that link the great poets of the past to contemporary poets of today through a comparison of the writings of classic authors such as Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe and Langston Hughes with those of Hip-Hop artists such as Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Eminem, KRS One, and Not Fans of Hip-Hop can gain a deeper understanding of the bridges that link the great poets of the past to contemporary poets of today through a comparison of the writings of classic authors such as Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe and Langston Hughes with those of Hip-Hop artists such as Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Eminem, KRS One, and Notorious B.I.G. This text includes in-depth analysis of all poetic literary devices, writing activities, critical thinking prompts and a host of user-friendly material to deepen one s own skills and understanding. Designed to be the pre-eminent source for novices and skilled professionals alike, Hip-Hop Poetry The Classics illuminates the art of the written word in a unique and accessible manner which appeals to fans across the globe.


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Fans of Hip-Hop can gain a deeper understanding of the bridges that link the great poets of the past to contemporary poets of today through a comparison of the writings of classic authors such as Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe and Langston Hughes with those of Hip-Hop artists such as Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Eminem, KRS One, and Not Fans of Hip-Hop can gain a deeper understanding of the bridges that link the great poets of the past to contemporary poets of today through a comparison of the writings of classic authors such as Robert Frost, Shakespeare, Rudyard Kipling, Edgar Allen Poe and Langston Hughes with those of Hip-Hop artists such as Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, Mos Def, Eminem, KRS One, and Notorious B.I.G. This text includes in-depth analysis of all poetic literary devices, writing activities, critical thinking prompts and a host of user-friendly material to deepen one s own skills and understanding. Designed to be the pre-eminent source for novices and skilled professionals alike, Hip-Hop Poetry The Classics illuminates the art of the written word in a unique and accessible manner which appeals to fans across the globe.

30 review for Hip-Hop Poetry and the Classics

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    This is useful and wonderful tool for poetry with those hard-to-please teenagers. It is also a wonderful repository of influential hip-hop lyrics. I wish they included a cd, though, because my budget is not good for searching out the music that I don't have ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    Have used this book in my classroom for years.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is a book that I regularly go back and use to help with lessons.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    A useful book of ideas. I expected more of a theoretical base rather than simply activities and reproductibles.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    I love this idea! Making poetry accessible, relevant, and appealing to today's students by linking it to hip-hop, as well as increasing educators' appreciation of the writing behind some of the better Hip-Hop songs out there. This book is very thorough, taking one literary element at a time and providing examples from both classic poetry and hip-hop (for instance, "Meaning" includes both "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, and "Me Against the World" by Tupac Shakur). Workshe I love this idea! Making poetry accessible, relevant, and appealing to today's students by linking it to hip-hop, as well as increasing educators' appreciation of the writing behind some of the better Hip-Hop songs out there. This book is very thorough, taking one literary element at a time and providing examples from both classic poetry and hip-hop (for instance, "Meaning" includes both "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas, and "Me Against the World" by Tupac Shakur). Worksheets, writing exercises, and interpretation guides are included. I did find it interesting that the hip-hop selections did not contain any foul language. 50 Cent and Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg did not make it in. It would be interesting to do a study on which of these songs/artists have more cultural significance than others. And does the meaning change when you take away the music? Is it about the lyrics, or the production and the lifestyle? Either way, I completely believe in building learning from something that kids already embrace, so I'm glad this book exists.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sadie

    This is a great source filled with innovative lessons that combine hip-hop and classic poetry. I have found my students on several occasions flipping through this book unaware the it is actually an educational resource for teachers. After school one day several of my students were entertained by the classic poetry in the book and tried to make music out of it. It was a memorable moment in my classroom.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brandon Blitz

    This is a great book for English teachers. Not many kids these days enjoy poetry, but love rap. Well, Rap is poetry with a beat behind it. So compare the classic poets with the modern rappers. Kids will love it. The book provides poems, worksheets, and poetry elements.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tom

    Great way to learn the language of poetry and to appreciate both classical and modern poets. Love this book - need to make a few adjustments in order to be able to use it again next year...

  9. 4 out of 5

    BiblioBrandie

    Really great activities using with hip hop lyrics and poetry. Not sure if I will be able to use it for my group now, but might be something to come back to.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

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    Amy

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    Aisha

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    Caroline Rogers

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    Gritando MK Peralva

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    Jasmine

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    Matt Vannice

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    Mike Rand

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    Jan

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Baker

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    Jill Adams

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    Melissa

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    Ryan C Harsch

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    Jini

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    Amber Leigh Braden

  27. 5 out of 5

    Montika Allenatkinson

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jairo Abarca

  29. 4 out of 5

    C.W. Reynolds

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bree Lowry

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