The Data Mine of Rap

Brian Michael Murphy
June 6, 2016
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The Raplyzer is a computer program that automatically analyzes rhymes from rap lyrics and ranks rappers according to their Rhyme Factor. Created by Eric Malmi, a doctoral student in Computer Science (specifically, the Data Mining Group) at Aalto University in…

First Person Plural: Part II

Dora Malech
June 3, 2016
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In thinking about poems concerned with a sense of “we”—a first person plural—Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool” might come to mind first. Last year, I did some thinking about that poem here on the blog, perhaps mistitling the post “Gwendolyn…

First Person Plural: Part I

Dora Malech
June 1, 2016
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I keep returning to the first person plural: we—what burdens, questions, complications, and opportunities come from a sense of collective self in poetry (and elsewhere). Even the most introductory sociology or social psychology course or textbook will likely illuminate the significance (for…

Closer Yet He Approaches Us

Cody Walker
May 31, 2016
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I’ve made it a habit, from time to time on this blog, to note Whitman’s birthday. The day has come round again; the great gray celebrant is 197 years old. I probably think about Whitman in some small way every…

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