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p. 1116. The language and poetry of the blueslocked

  • Elijah Wald


‘The language and poetry of the blues’ explores the lyrical component of the blues. Modern scholars treat the blues primarily as a musical style, but early scholars also studied blues songs as a form of folk poetry, arising from the common language of African Americans. Whether improvising or composing a verse, blues musicians drew on all available sources, which included blending old rural values with modern technology. In contrast to the current clichéd view of blues as ‘My baby left me...‘, the genre was characterised by a graphic and unflinching portrayal of sexual relationships and violence.

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