Publication Date

April 2017

Advisor(s)

Paula Matthusen

Major

Music

Language

English (United States)

Abstract

This essay is a walk through the relations, intersections and social potential of music and poetry. It is comprised of two sections: the first, a collage of some prevalent intersections of music and poetry, and what those intersections mean for artists and audience of both forms. The second is an exploration of these ideas through analysis of pieces by Langston Hughes and Kendrick Lamar, whom I chose for their respective locations on the spectrum of poetry and music, as well as both artists’ abilities to employ techniques that rely on a deep understanding of both forms.

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