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Spoken word did not evolve until the late 1980s and early 1990s with the emergence of "poetry slams," where spoken word artists would square off in cabaret-style duels.[citation needed] This type of competitive slam poetry event has been popular in India for centuries.[citation needed] In the United States, the competition of slam poetry probably arose from rap music and rapper competitions.[citation needed] The common element is protest and a critical or corrective tone.[citation needed] Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City is one of the earliest venues where poets could protest the ills of society.[citation needed] Def Poets on HBO became the most visible venue for slam-type protest poets, but the poets did not necessarily compete against each other for audience approval. Hip-hop is now commonly considered under the general genre of spoken word as shown in a recent article by Clare Morgan in the Sydney Morning Herald.[1]

Spoken Word was adopted by college circles in the early 80's to describe a new wave of performing arts that was birthed during Postmodern Art Movement. Spoken Word was basically a catchall phrase to describe anything that didn’t fit into the already established categories of performance arts such as music, theatre, and dance.[2]

The Spoken Word movement in the '80s is similar to the Beats in the 1960’s. Spoken word and the Beats share a mutual lack of respect from the academic community, emphasis on poetry, and poems about consciousness and confession. The main difference is that spoken word is not recognized because it is not published. Many artists and poets have not published any of their works in book forms. Also spoken word is more about spreading all poetry of all diversities; not just about the white male community as was the Beats in the 1960’s.[3]

Why People Perform There Work

Since its inception, the spoken word has been an outlet for people to release there views. The spoken word, or slam poetry, has now become the present day soap-box for people to express their views, emotions, live experiences or information. The views of spoken word artist encompass religion, politics, sex and gender. When talking about emotion, it depends. A spoken word piece can be powerful with the right emotion behind it, but at the same time a lack of emotion can set a poem a part. It all depends on the topic. Life experiences are best, especially when the person has actually lived through the experience. Lastly spoken word is used to inform or make people conscious of some aspect pertaining to life.


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