Word of the Week: Melismatic

As in: “Phonemically, the melismatic sound of ‘screech’ in the first section undergoes tonal inflections that support this theme of socio-political ‘dissonance’” (Nathanson, 2012, p.133).WoW_Melismatic

Marcoux, J. (2012). Jazz griots: Music as history in the 1960s African American poem. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

For definitions of melismatic, consult the Oxford English Dictionary.

April is National Poetry Month. You can find this book and many others on display in our reading room, or take a look at the poetry research guide for more ways to celebrate

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