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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics$
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Charlotte Pence

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781617031564

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.001.0001

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Country Music Lyrics: Is There Poetry in Those Twangy Rhymes?

Country Music Lyrics: Is There Poetry in Those Twangy Rhymes?

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(p.106) Country Music Lyrics: Is There Poetry in Those Twangy Rhymes?
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The Poetics of American Song Lyrics
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Jill Jones

Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617031564.003.0008

Songs are often considered “lowbrow” whereas poetry is given the more glittery label “highbrow.” Country music might be viewed as the lowbrow of the lowbrow. This chapter explores the similarities between poetry and country lyrics by focusing on rhetorical tropes and schemes that both frequently utilize, including puns, alliteration, polyptoton, antithesis, and antimetabole. It argues that poetry and country songs have a shared literary and oral history.

Keywords:   poetry, country music, lyrics, puns, alliteration, polyptoton, antithesis, antimetabole, songs

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