Very often, rap music employs similar techniques to the poetry that we study at leaving cert level:
These lyrics from Insomnia (Faithless) demonstrate these techniques:
But there's no release, no peace
I toss and turn without cease
Like a curse, open my eyes and rise like yeast
At least a couple of weeks
Since I last slept, kept takin' sleepers
But now I keep myself pepped
Deeper still, that night I write by candle light
I find insight, fundamental movement, uh
So when it's black this insomniac take an original tack
Keep the beast in my nature under ceaseless attack
I gets no sleep
I can't get no sleep
YOUR TURN! I want you to write your own rap song in the comments section. Try to use some of the techniques mentioned above...
Happy World Teachers' Day! Sorry I can't be there to accept my champagne, chocolates and flowers in person. I'm off collecting my award for Best Teacher in the Universe.
In today's class I want you to write an essay about the teacher that has inspired you the most. Please keep in mind that I most certainly AM open to flattery and praise. If your essay is entitled 'Miss Cullen ... my hero', you WILL get favourable marks.
I am an English teacher in St. Oliver's Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Follow me on Twitter at @julesheeney.