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The poetics of American song lyrics [electronic resource] / edited by Charlotte Pence.

Pence, Charlotte. (Added Author).

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Record details

  • ISBN: 9781617031571 (electronic bk.)
  • ISBN: 1617031577 (electronic bk.)
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (xix, 288 p.)
  • Publisher: Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, c2012.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Available through EBSCO
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
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
Source of Description Note:
Description based on print version record.
Subject: Songs > Texts > History and criticism.
Poetics > History.
Poetry > Authorship.
Lyric poetry > History and criticism.
MUSIC / Printed Music / General
MUSIC / History & Criticism
Lyric poetry.
Poetry > Authorship.
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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