Rhetorical relationships in performance poetry

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Bessie Lee Dietrich Goggins (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Marsha Baker

Abstract: This work examines the rhetorical relationships of performance poetry (slam and spoken word) and how they create a truth-sharing environment for all who are involved through a case study of poets from Atlanta and Charlotte. Using rhetorical strategy to connect with as many audience members as possible while maintaining their integrity, these poets become living, breathing examples of rhetoricians. And they use the intricate theories of M.M. Bakhtin, John Locke, Kenneth Burke, and other rhetoricians to accomplish these connections. Performance poetry, which is gaining a larger audience base every year, illustrates the captivating strength of rhetorical theory at play in crafted, theatrical, and nonlinear dialogue between poet and audience. This study investigates relationships involved with performance poetry – those of society and of the poet –and explores the poetry itself. Within these chapters, the rhetorical prerequisites for truth-sharing at a poetry venue develop as a frame – not an answer – for performance poetry’s success. Finally, this work reflects the ideas of poets balancing personal integrity with public connection by investigating the purpose of truth within a truth-sharing environment. And all of it takes place through relaxed prose in hopes that my explanation of the rhetorical strategies these poets implement in performance poetry will be as accessible as the poetry itself.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2009
Audience, Performance poetry, Poets, Relationships, Rhetoric
Performance poetry -- North Carolina -- Charlotte
Performance poetry -- Georgia -- Atlanta

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