Homer and Hip-Hop: Improvisation, Cultural Heritage, and Metrical Analysis

Melbourne Historical Journal 38: 5-17, 2010

13 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2015

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Peter Gainsford

Victoria University of Wellington

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

Homeric epic and modern hip-hop are discussed as performance poetry, with particular attention to how both genres construct the social identity of the community in which they are performed. Parallels are also drawn with slam poetry. The character of the oral accumulative style is outlined, with examples from both Homer and hip-hop.

Keywords: Homer, Hip hop, Rap, Oral poetry, Metre

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Gainsford, Peter, Homer and Hip-Hop: Improvisation, Cultural Heritage, and Metrical Analysis (2010). Melbourne Historical Journal 38: 5-17, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2665958

Peter Gainsford (Contact Author)

Victoria University of Wellington ( email )

PO Box 600
Wellington
New Zealand

HOME PAGE: http://victoria.academia.edu/PeterGainsford

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