Spoken Word Art (SWA) is a performance art that combines vocal behaviour of monologues with other art forms such as recitation, rhythm, sound-emphasis, internal rhyming, body language, gestures, music, theatre, and dance.
Often musical spoken word artists take to audio-visual media for wider appeal. Beginning as early as the 1960s, SWA became an outlet for people to release their views outside the academic and its institutional domains as slam poetry, as per wikipedia and other online sources.
Currently, SWA is being used as a commentary on religion, politics, sex and gender, often taboo subjects in society as YouTube posts, web-pages and E-zines. Thus, SWA is being used by the artists committed to this language art form to inform or make an audience conscious of some human aspect of life in an interesting way of presentation.
I see SWA more as a sound-emphasis with a lot of words with internal rhyming to gain attention and amuse the audience through a blank verse recitation or a sing-song speech performed live or as a playback of its recorded version,
SWA seems to be rooted in oral rhythmic tradition of communication and information sharing in an interesting way and a revival of oral folk art of amusing and educating people in modern setting.
Many preachers and motivational speakers make use of SWA elements to keep the audience glued to their oral presentations. I think that teachers, in order to covert teaching into a performing art, must convert their lectures into SWA pieces to keep students attentive and classroom alive to enliven students' interest in learning.