The poetics of American song lyrics

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CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN1059.S7 P64 2012
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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 points of synthesis and separation so as to better understand both genres and their crafts. The essayists share a desire to write on lyrics in a way that moves beyond sociological, historical, and autobiographical approaches and explicates songs in relation to poetics. Unique to this volume, the essays focus not on a single genre but on folk, rap, hip hop, country, rock, indie, soul, and blues.The first section of the book provides a variety of perspectives on the poetic history and techniques within songs and poems, and the second section focuses on a few prominent American songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Stipe. Through conversational yet in-depth analyses of songs, the essays discuss sonnet forms, dramatic monologues, Modernism, ballads, blues poems, confessionalism, Language poetry, Keatsian odes, unreliable narrators, personas, poetic sequences, rhythm, rhyme, transcription methods, the writing process, and more. While the strategies of explication differ from essay to essay, the nexus of each piece is an unveiling of the poetic history and poetic techniques within songs.
The day Johnny Cash died / Lamar Alexander
Reduced to rhyme: on contemporary doggerel / David Caplan
The sonnet within the song: country lyrics and the Shakespearean sonnet structure / Charlotte Pence
Rap poetry 101 / Adam Bradley
It don't mean a thing: the blues mask of modernism / Kevin Young
Gangsta rap's heroic substrata: a survey of the evidence / John Paul Hampstead
At the crossroads: the intersection of poetry and the blues / Keith Flynn
Country music lyrics: is there poetry in those twangy rhymes? / Jill Jones
Similarities and differences between song lyrics and poetry / Pat Pattison
Words and music: three stories / Wyn Cooper
The triumph of Icarus: Sam Cooke and the creative spirit / Peter Guralnick
The Jo Blow version / David Kirby
A Nobel for Dylan? / Gordon Ball
Lyric impression, muscle memory, Emily, and the Jack of Hearts / Claudia Emerson
Don Khan and truck-driving wives: Dylan's fluctuating lyrics / Ben Yagoda
Thoughts on "Me and Bobby McGee" and the oral and literary traditions / David Daniel
The soup that could change the world / Beth Ann Fennelly
Laughing in tune: R.E.M. and the post-confessional lyric / Jeffrey Roessner
Sweetness follows: Michael Stipe, John Keats and the consolations of time / Eric Reimer
Sweeping up the jokers: Leonard Cohen's "The stranger song" / Brian Howe
Facing the music: the poetics of Bruce Springsteen / Robert P. McParland
Coming into your town: Okkervil River's "Black" / Stephen M. Deusner
Still holding at the seams: Magnolia Electric Co.'s Josephine and the contemporary poetic sequence / Jesse Graves
Not to oppose evil: Johnny Cash's bad luck wind / Tony Tost.

Additional Information
Series American made music series.
Subjects Songs -- Texts -- History and criticism.
Poetics -- History.
Poetry -- Authorship.
Lyric poetry -- History and criticism.
Publisher Jackson :University Press of Mississippi,2012
Contributors Pence, Charlotte, editor.
Language English
Description xix, 288 pages ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN 9781617031564 (cloth : alk. paper)
1617031569 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781617031915 (pbk. : alk. paper)
1617031917 (pbk. : alk. paper)
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