Poets, teachers, and musicologists fusing studies of form, scansion, and musical creation to redefine the place of the American bard

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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics

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Poets, teachers, and musicologists fusing studies of form, scansion, and musical creation to redefine the place of the American bard

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617031571
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 1/1/2012
  • Series: American Made Music Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 312
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Charlotte Pence, Knoxville, Tennessee, the author of The Writer's Path: Creative Exercises for Meaningful Essays. She is also the winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition for her poetry in Branches.

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Table of Contents


Introduction xi

Part One. Poetic History and Techniques within Poems and Songs

3 The Day Johnny Cash Died / Lamar Alexander

6 Reduced to Rhyme: On Contemporary Doggerel / David Caplan

26 The Sonnet Within the Song: Country Lyrics and the Shakespearean Sonnet

Structure / Charlotte Pence

35 Rap Poetry 101 / Adam Bradley

43 It Don't Mean a Thing: The Blues Mask of Modernism / Kevin Young

75 Gangsta Rap's Heroic Substrata: A Survey of the Evidence / John Paul Hampstead

90 At the Crossroads: The Intersection of Poetry and the Blues /

Keith Flynn

106 Country Music Lyrics: Is There Poetry in Those Twangy Rhymes? /

Jill Jones

122 Similarities and Differences between Song Lyrics and Poetry / Pat Pattison

134 Words and Music: Three Stories / Wyn Cooper

Part Two. Analysis of Twentieth-Century Songwriters

145 The Triumph of Icarus: Sam Cooke and the Creative Spirit / Peter Guralnick

158 The Joe Blow Version / David Kirby

169 A Nobel for Dylan? / Gordon Ball

180 Lyric Impression, Muscle Memory, Emily, and the Jack of Hearts / Claudia Emerson

186 Don Khan and Truck-Driving Wives: Dylan's Fluctuating Lyrics / Ben Yagoda

193 Thoughts on "Me and Bobby McGee" and the Oral and Literary Traditions /

David Daniel

199 The Soup That Could Change the World / Beth Ann Fennelly

203 Laughing in Tune: R.E.M. and the Post-Confessional Lyric / Jeffrey Roessner

212 Sweetness Follows: Michael Stipe, John Keats, and the

Consolations of Time / Eric Reimer

225 Sweeping Up the Jokers: Leonard Cohen's "The Stranger Song" / Brian Howe

232 Facing the Music: The Poetics of Bruce Springsteen / Robert P. McParland

243 Coming into Your Town: Okkervil River's "Black" / Stephen M. Deusner

253 Still Holding at the Seams: Magnolia Electric Co.'s Josephine and the Contemporary

Poetic Sequence / Jesse Graves

261 Not to Oppose Evil: Johnny Cash's Bad Luck Wind / Tony Tost





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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    This book is terrific! There's nothing else out there like it. I

    This book is terrific! There's nothing else out there like it. I could see how some might feel like it's a little too academic to take on song lyrics, but I think that's just the point--and they're missing it. Some of the sharpest minds today are writing on a very important topic that has been neglected in the academic world for far too long.

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    Posted February 29, 2012

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    This book is a total fail ! It truly sucks. Waste of money!

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