Even as a kid, Dirty-D, an international rapper, was an avid reader and rhyming verse became his weapon of choice to communicate with the world. But Rap’s roots extend back to our beginnings as humans and our love of playful language which Dirty-D is a masterful practitioner.
"You do NOT have to make everything rhyme in a poem, but you have to add a rhythm to it. Poetry doesn’t have to rhyme, it just has to sound beautiful, but in rap it has to sound beautiful and it has to be on time and it has to rhyme, so to me it’s the next level of poetry evolution" says Dirty.
Dirty-D says a lot of his raps actually start out as poems first, “Sometimes I might write a poem, a spoken-word poem, but then morph that into a rap rhythmically” and he uses the same techniques in his lyrics.
Poetry has helped people for thousands of years pass along history to new generations.
Several researchers have shown that poetry helps children in their development. Kids who are taught nursery rhymes remember them later on and become better reader, which helps them learn new words.
The context of the rhymes also help them pronounce the words better and gives a context to the other words they already know resulting in expanding the neural pathways of the brain for language -- very important in a child's early development that sets the stage for higher education. This boost in cognitive development helps ensure among other things an increased ability with study, educational attainment, and enjoyment of reading. Poetry’s rhythmic and lyrical usage of language is magnetic to the mind and memetic in transmitting more complex ideas across the culture in general. It captures the imagination of the culture. Think of all the catchphrases we all know—little couplets such as: “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit”, "Happy wife, happy life", “Nothin to it but to do it”, “A stitch in time, saves nine”, "30 days hath September, April, May and November…” and many more.
With all of this in mind we invite you to go to our freshly launched Kickstarter campaign needing donations to produce a poetry book for kids and parents to further a love of reading and literature and visual communication.
"Teach math and reading and writing and social studies and science to our children.
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We have set out to bring back the fire of poetry and need your support in this quest.
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