Award winning poet Joshua Mehigan recently annotated his poem “Joshua Mehigan – Sad Stories” on Rap Genius, illustrating how poets can use the new tool.

Here is an excerpt from Mehigan’s annotation: “this poem was written in 2006, while Michael Jackson was still alive. Its title comes from Richard II: “let us sit upon the ground / And tell sad stories of the deaths of kings.” But I wasn’t thinking of death in a literal sense”

The 18th century writer Samuel Johnson has also joined Rap Genius from beyond the grave, his writings explaining William Shakespeare‘s work.

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