Two Times of the Same Story: Comparable Themes in 17th Century Poetry and 21st Century Rap Music

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In the study of literature, we look to poets to communicate to us by putting the “best words in their best order,” as stated by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The rhythm of poetry transcends music, and even the simple rhythm of reading poetry aloud presents a musicality without needing the help of instruments. The same can be said about 21st Century rap artists; give them a beat and rappers will put words in their best order to communicate their messages. There are many ways that rap music is poetry in terms of the poetic techniques used to communicate a message, however, this paper will demonstrate the ways in which the messages themselves are similar. In this paper, I will argue that 17th century poetry is most easily comparable to 21st century rap music because of the stories they tell.

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