Forgive my self-indulgent perseveration, but here are a few other poets/poems that could be "rap" or "beat" fodder:
Edna St. Vincent Millay's -
If I could have
Two things in one:
The peace of the grave,
and the light of the sun;
My hands across
My thin breast-bone,
But aware of the moss
Invading the stone,
Aware of the flight
Of the golden flicker
With his wing to the light
To hear him nicker
And drum with his bill
On the rotted window ....
* Other riffs of words:
Edgar Allan Poe's -
(This poem seems more of an Irish jig, with a faster, lilting beat):
It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea
That a maiden there lived whom you know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me ...
* Then you have a guy like Whitman who is usually more of a stream of conciousness type, except for a poem such as O Captain My Captain with a nice running beat, sort of jazzy.
Actually, most of Poe is brilliantly rhythmic and awesome!
BTW, When I get some more time I'll post some of my own poetry.
[This message has been edited by JohnC (edited 10-15-98).]