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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics is the first collection of academic essays that regards songs as literature and that identifies intersections between the literary histories of poems and songs. The essays by well-known poets and scholars including Pulitzer Prize winner Claudia Emerson, Peter Guralnick, Adam Bradley, David Kirby, Kevin Young, and many others, locate poin ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published November 21st 2011 by University Press of Mississippi
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Beth
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
In academia there has been a certain amount of disagreement about whether song lyrics should be considered poetry. Recently the awarding of the Nobel prize for literature to songwriter/performer, Bob Dylan, has brought it up again. In the first part of this book, this is discussed - particularly relating the "blues," "rap," and "country" music. the second part of the book deals with particular songwriters and/or specific songs.

This is a fascinating book, but only for persons who are interested
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Charlotte Pence is the author of Many Small Fires (Black Lawrence Press, 2015), The Branches, the Axe, the Missing (winner of the BLP Black River chapbook prize), and Weaves a Clear Night (winner of Flying Trout chapbook prize). A professor of English at Eastern Illinois University, Pence also edited The Poetics of Song Lyrics (University Press of Mississippi, 2012), which explores the intersectio ...more
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