Spoken Word

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Spoken Word (English f.. Spoken word ) refers to a genre of performing arts in which one, lyrical text or a narrative is presented to an audience. Although a spoken word performance can also be accompanied musically, the spoken word has priority. However, it is also used in sung publications, such as in Sommer '89 (He cut holes in the fence) by the band Kettcar .

In the development of the spoken word, the poets of the Beat Generation such as William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg were important pioneers; In the 1980s and 1990s, the genre was increasingly taken up by younger writers and poets and connected with different currents of popular music. The currently most popular form of spoken word by far is the poetry slam .

Important representatives

Writers known for their spoken word performance

Individual evidence

  1. Ken Tucker, “POP VIEW; From Beat Poet to Pop Chic ” , in: NY Times, September 25, 1994
  2. ^ Kate Tempest announces they are non-binary, changes name to Kae. August 6, 2020, accessed on August 23, 2020 .