Carefully analyzing the rhythm of a poem, layer-by-layer, may seem pointless, but it is in fact exactly what our public discourse needs.
Rhythm is used as a tool of social change both in its capacity to hold people together and its capacity to challenge the status quo through improvisation.
The roles of rhythm in communal identity-formation are complex. Take as an example its role in race-relations in the Americas.
I know it feels like nothing is changing but it’s important that we do not think of these protests as meaningless or pointless. Listen harder, instead.
Rhythm is all around us, but why does it matter? The reasons are social, political, and theological.