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The Poetry of Comedy (Happy Halloween)

Although we often think of poetry being composed of written documents, there is also a performative element that must not be overlooked. As we’ve learned firsthand, there is both an incredible sense of agency attained when reading a poem to others, as well as a captivated engagement experienced when listening.  In this sense, poetry is just one of the many forms of oral tradition that have been passed down through the generations.

Another form of oral tradition is stand-up comedy. With its emphasis on the recitation of prepared material, and its investment in evoking emotion, stand-up can definitely be thought of as a sister art form of poetry.

As such, I encourage you all to watch the above clip, which features Jerry Seinfeld (one of the most respected stand-up comedians of all time) waxing nostalgic about Halloween.