Hip Hop Poetry and the Classics for The Classroom

Our goal is to make the academic study of poetry accessible relevant, comprehensible and enjoyable to students in our contemporary, multicultural classrooms.

Our methodology is to analyze the poetry of Hip-Hop and compare its motifs, themes, and general poetic devices (such as alliteration, rhyme scheme, figurative language, etc. ..) to the "classic" poems traditionally studied (by writers such as Frost Dickinson, Keats, etc...) in order to teach the core elements of the poetic craft in an appealing, relevant, thorough and accessible manner.

Our aim is to dispel preconceived notions about poetry for students and educators alike.

  • For Students: Our aim is to convert the traditional response to the idea of studying poetry from, "Poetry?... YUCK!" to an appreciation of the writing as well as the art form.

  • For Educators: Our aim is to convert the traditional response to the idea of studying Hip-Hop from, "Hip-Hop? You mean those thugs and gangstas?" to an appreciation of the writing as well as the art form.

And we pledge to be free of edubabble.