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Rap Vs Rap Poetry

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“There's a certain mystique when I speak that you notice, cause it's sort of unique, cause you know it's me, my poetry is deep and I'm still mad at the way I flow to this beat!”-Eminem, Rap Poets. Eminem claims his rap lyrics are his poetry. This reveals the big question here; is rap poetry? Only you can answer that.
According to the Oxford Dictionary, poetry is “literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by use of distinctive style and rhythm”. While rap is defined, also by the Oxford Dictionary, as “a type of popular music of [African American] origin in which words are rapidly and rhythmically over a prerecorded, typically electronic instrumental backing.” Both definitions emphasize rhythm,
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Occasionally people present their poetry merged with music. This is commonly with what’s known as spoken word poetry-- a type of poetry very similar to rap. Many people don’t know where to draw the line between the two. However, rap is based on musicality, and a rhythm while poetry focuses on word flow, rhythm, and sometimes rhyme. This may be a significant difference.
There are many purposes to both poetry and rap. People write a read poetry to explore themselves, to inspire, to understand and be understood, for beauty, and as Shield, Hammering said to “transcend some of the limitations of normal speech.” Cole Mize, a modern indie rap artist and coach says that rap’s purpose is “uplifting each other’s spirits in times of heartache and pain”. This is similar to inspiring, understanding, and seeking beauty. They both even have similar benefits. A study done by The Guardian actually shows that rap music can help those with mental illness. Writing poetry is also shown to decrease mental instability. Coincidence?
There are many similarities between poetry and the musical genre rap, but there are also a handful of differences. These range from the language style, the goal, the rhythm, and more. Do you think Eminem is right, is rap
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