“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Or so says the old adage.
Sticks and stones may break my bones…. Sure, however, your bones can heal. Quickly, too!
Words, on the other hand, may not break your bones, but uttered in the wrong way can destroy your spirit, and that doesn’t heal like broken bones.
When a person utters mean or hurtful words to you, that person is attempting to appear to have power over you. When you practice giving no response or reaction. Their power is gone.
As a human being you deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, do that for yourself. The right words can change everything, the wrong words can break your spirit, and the right words have the power to heal you.
Take care of you; do not give power to the meaningless words.
With words that mean something to you create power in your own life, create what you desire to have and see in your life; say love, say wealth, say health, say all that you desire.
However, whatever choice we make, to harm or heal, it is never the words themselves directly causing the outcome. Words, simply 'are'. It is how we use, and what we bring or associate with them, creating the end result.
Because the words we speak either aloud, or in the privacy of our minds, embody our intentions, they are a carrier of ourselves, our energy. And as you know we can have good, bad or indifferent word moments or even days.
Most of us have experienced the negative and the positive power of the spoken word. It can color our personal lives and ripple far beyond us to affect everything and everybody.
As a single individual we may be powerless to change the world but we can change ourselves. We can make a choice to pass on negativity or positivity in our speech.
Our words do matter. They are powerful. What is Spoken Word? Today, on Young Media Critics, we are going to explore “Spoken Word Poetry” as a medium, a means of communication. What is Spoken Word Poetry?” Is it the same as Spoke Word?
Research tells us that Spoken Word Poetry is poetry that is written on a page but performed for an audience.
Spoken word is performance-based poetry that is focused on the aesthetics or beauty of word play and story-telling. It often includes collaboration and experimentation with other art forms such as music, theater, and dance.
There is not a mandatory manner in which someone should perform, however, there are aspects of the artistry that indicate it is, indeed, spoken word.
Spoken word usually tends to focus on the performance of the words themselves, the dynamics of tone, gestures, facial expressions, and more. Poetic components such as rhyme, repetition, slang, improvisation, and many more elements of poetry can be woven to create an atmosphere the audience can experience.
The art of spoken-word poetry has existed for many centuries.
The Ancient Greeks included Greek lyric which is similar to spoken-word poetry in their Olympic Games. Similar exercises were encouraged in political and social discourse in what was then an ancient and thriving form of democracy.
Modern North-American spoken-word poetry originated from the poetry of the Harlem Renaissance and blues music as well as the 1960's beatniks
The term "spoken word" was first adopted to explain the new art coming out of the postmodern art movement.
Here are some people in history who are spoken word artists or communicators?
Modern-day spoken-word poetry became popular in the underground Black community in the 1960s with The Last Poets. The Last Poets was a poetry and political music group that was born out of the African-American Civil Rights movement.
Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream," Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" and Booker T. Washington's "Cast down your buckets" have changed and also shaped the course of history.
The artistic utilization of the spoken-word genre in black culture today draws on and reflects a rich literary and musical heritage, and the interaction among these genres, as in the past, has produced some of America's best-known art pieces.
Langston Hughes and writers of the Harlem Renaissance were inspired by the feelings of the blues and the black spiritual, contemporary hip-hop and slam poetry artists were inspired by poets such as Hughes in their use of word “stylings”. Similarly, the experimental and often radical statements of the Black Arts Movement developed a great energy with cutting-edge jazz and funk music that would expand the boundaries of black cultural persona, and thereby provide space for increasingly alternative political ideologies to be raised, discussed, and acknowledged.
Spoken-word poetry came more towards the mainstream in popularity a short time later when Gil Scott-Heron released his spoken-word poem The Revolution Will Not Be Televised on the album Small Talk at 125th and Lenox in 1970.