http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLHQYZRP R80 Listen to first 1:40 List one thing you think rap and poetry have in common after listening to the following excerpt. 1ghet·to : a part of a city in which members of a particular group or race live usually in poor conditions
Poetic Elements If the game shakes me or breaks me I hope it makes me a better man Take a better stand Put money in my mom’s hand” Notorious B.I.G. “Sky is the Limit”
Poetic Elements ”And in a slug fest I get physical like physicians And visual like magicians with mystical mic traditions Wicked wizardry, like a sorcerer and no remorse for ya. “ - Eminem “Open Mic”
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down, The whole crowd goes so loud He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out He's choking how, everybody's joking now. Lose Yourself Imagery?
Rap and Hip Hop songs usually have a THEME which is either a story or a message. What is the theme expressed in these lyrics?
I Dream A WorldAnd 2morrow Theme:: Structure Poetic Elements
And 2morrow ! -Tupac Today is filled with anger, Fueled with hidden hate, Scared of being outcast, Afraid of common fate, Today is built on tragedies, Which no one wants 2 face, Nightmares 2 humanities, And morally disgraced, Tonight is filled with rage, Violence in the air, Children bred with ruthlessness, Because no one at home cares, Tonight I lay my head down, But the pressure never stops, Gnawing at my sanity, Content when I am dropped, But 2morrow I c a change, A chance 2 build a new, Built on spirit, intent of heart, And ideals based on truth, And 2morrow I wake with second wind, And strong because of pride, 2 know I fought with all my heart 2 keep my dream alive ! www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZAulSpf93o&list=RDUZAulSpf93o#t=144 Starts at :35.
avarice- extreme greed for wealth or material gain Blights- “to impair the quality or effect of”
Find the themes in the two poems. Are they similar or different? And 2morrow: hope- Tupac speaks about how the world is today and having hopes for a better tomorrow. I Dream a World: hope- Langston Hughes is expressing his dream that someday everyone will be treated equally despite race. Compare and contrast the poetic form of the poems (rhyme, rhythm, structure etc). And 2morrow: This is a lyric poem 24 lines and one stanza. It follows an irregular rhyme scheme, uses colloquial language (2morrow), irregular rhythm. I Dream a World: 16 lines and one stanza. free verse; no set rhyme scheme. The poem also uses repetition. What literary devices or figures of speech can you find in these poems? And 2morrow: But the pressure never stops, (HYPERBOLE) Gnawing at my sanity (personification) I Dream a World: And joy, like a pearl (simile) And peace its paths adorn; saps the soul (alliteration) wretchedness will hang its head (personification)