For the Culture: Is Rap Poetry?

This five-week course is designed to answer the questions "what is poetry?" and "are rap lyrics poetry?". While defining poetry and various literary devices, this course will also draw on the connections between oral traditions of storytelling, rap lyrics, and contemporary poetry. Students will explore the role rap lyrics play in understanding poetry from a fresh perspective.

Students will analyze rap lyrics by artists like Nas, Tupac, and the Notorious B.I.G., as well as examine poems by contemporary poets Terrance Hayes, Tracy K. Smith, Nick Flynn, Nate Marshall, Natasha Trethewey, and more. Students will view a documentary depicting the influence slam poetry has had in Chicago Public Schools and will discuss rap's place in America's literary culture. The course will culminate with an outing to "Poetz Realm," Bridgeport's local spoken word night.

This course is not currently scheduled. To find out When this course will be offered again please contact the Continuing Education Center at (203) 332-5057 or email at