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
And we pledge to be free of