November 18, 2010

I think it’s very interesting that spoken word poetry is, or at least was presented for homework, title-less. For written poems, the title is important to its work and can yield new meanings or help clarify possible ambiguities–they can be the first line, even. Building off of Gracie, Sarah, and Kristin’s comments on the oral quality of spoken word, it could be because titles wouldn’t be important unless they were projected rhythmically, or unless they act as an additive to the work its labeling?  “Time” and “Amethyst Rocks” are the only two assigned spoken word poems that are titled, but the titles do not preface their poems–Sean Williams never told us the title. They instead were embedded in the work itself.  As a listener I am not particularly bothered by the fact that the work isn’t vocally titled. I actually feel I was more attentive because of it. How do you guys feel? Would your experience have been different if these spoken poems were titled, or was your experience different because they are not?

For your entertainment while you ponder my question: “Window Seat” by Erykah Badu

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