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date: 22 November 2017

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The goal of this chapter is to explain how Black poetry corresponds to African American Language practices. We highlight how poets utilize distinct lexicon, vocabulary, proper nouns, historical figures, and verbal practices such as signifying in order to present ideas that are culturally and socially salient in African American communities and throughout its literary sociohistory. We also point out how African Americans express themselves by drawing on the poetic inspiration of Black poets. Ultimately, Black poetry, especially spoken word poetry, serves as a repository of African American Language (AAL), and conversely, AAL serves as a vital storehouse of expressions and ideas for Black poets.

Keywords: Black poetry, African American Language (AAL), spoken word poetry, signifying, verbal practices

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