- Origin: African folk music. In order to keep their heads up and express their sadness with being forced
to slave away in the fields.
- Today, it's more often about loss of physical love and despair
- Tercets and quatrains are standard. In tercets, there are often four strong accents per line. They are of
no particular length (one to infinity stanzas), and the rhyme scheme is often aaa or a less common aab.
There's no set scheme when it's not in tercet.
- There is a lot of repetition: if you divorce it from the music, it can easily get boring.
- It is largely simple diction: there are not a lot of flowery words. "A lot of times, the author is aware that
their emotions are so profound that they can't be understood by anyone who hasn't felt the same
"Conjured" by Nathanial Dett