Spoken word is poetry meant to be read aloud and in front of an audience. According to Power Poetry, spoken word forms include stories, monologues and rap, as well as poems. Performances are highly stylized compared to traditional poetry readings.Continue Reading
Spoken word artist Eman is quoted by About.com as defining spoken word as "a mix of poetic words, music and hip hop." It may also incorporate such performance-art forms as theater and dance, Wikipedia notes. Performances usually consist of the artists telling stories through their poems.
Although spoken word poetry is heavily influenced by the blues movement that spurred the Harlem Renaissance, as well as the hip-hop movement, the Black Youth Project notes that spoken word mimics 1960s beat poetry and its live, interactive and oral traditions.
According to Wikipedia, spoken word's popularity among college students during the 1980s constituted a "new wave" of performance art that emerged during the Postmodern Art Movement. By the 1990s, spoken word had grown in popularity among urban youth and morphed into a competitive art form called the poetry slam, which showcases spoken word artists. Slam poetry remains a popular spoken-word genre that gives young artists an outlet for the public expression of their ideas and emotions.Learn more about Poetry
A letter poem, more commonly referred to as an epistolary poem, is a poetry form that follows a letter-like format. The earliest known epistolary poems date back to the early Roman poet Ovid, whose work "The Heroides" was written from the vantage of heroines of Greek and Roman mythology.Full Answer >
Metrical patterns refer to the way a poet creates rhythm by arranging stressed and unstressed syllables within a line of poetry. Along with the length of the line, metrical patterns are the most basic technique a poet employs to create rhythm. Poets utilize a number of different metrical patterns to this end.Full Answer >
Online poetry collections such as Poetry, Poem Hunter and Family Friend Poems are a helpful resource for reading poems about absent fathers. These websites offer a variety of poems, most of which are user-generated. These poems are typically from the perspective of a single mother or a child whose father is absent. Poems from the perspective of the father are less common.Full Answer >
A dramatic poem is a piece of poetry about a character's thoughts or spoken statements, according to Studyguide.org. Unlike other forms of poetry, these poems are not written about the actual author of the piece.Full Answer >