World War Ⅱ impacted American society in many and varied ways. However, there was one shining light in the forest of darkness and depression, The Beat Generation. No one could ever have guessed that a group of men could have created one of the most iconic cultural rebellion in American history for decades to come. The Beat Generation started out with only four people the iconic Jack Kerouac, his best friend and novel inspiration Neal Cassady, the older but wise William S. Burroughs, and Kerouac’s other close friend and writer of Howl a piece of poetry that first shaped the culture of the U.S. in the late 1950s and early 1960s Allen Ginsberg. No one had more recognition with The Beat Generation than Jack Kerouac who wrote On the Road which was the single most important novel that made the epitome of the Beat Generation, and even though the Beat Generation did face criticism toward the way they saw America they never even thought about giving up, and nothing helped shape the Beats
Maya Angelou was a strong African-American women who made an influential impact on the Civil Rights Movement, in bother her actions, and her literature. Her life experiences and courage helped others, and made her work influential.
The human connection to birds is a fascinating thing that is often depicted in stories. Humans want to be free like birds and fly away from the troubles that are present in their life. Birds reflect the image of freedom in life, so it’s no wonder that the Bald Eagle is the emblem of the United States; a country built on the principles of freedom and equality. Two famous poets by the names of Paul Laurence Dunbar and Maya Angelou used the image of the bird to describe how they felt in their own life. Even though Dunbar wrote in the Reconstruction Era and Angelou wrote around the time of the Civil Rights Movement, their ideas were almost identical. Angelou and Dunbar show similarities when they describe feeling trapped like caged birds, but their portrayal of the birds contrast in their actions
“Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman.” (Online - White House). This memorial statement, by Barack Obama in 2014, encompasses how many felt towards Maya Angelou, one of the most influential writers and voices of her generation. Over the course of her lifetime, Maya Angelou was awarded over 50 honorary degrees and received the highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Angelou’s personal admiration and self-love that is reflected in her poetic works, specifically, “Phenomenal Woman,” is credited to the overcoming of her traumatic childhood and her work in activism.
African American poet, Langston Hughes (1902-1967), born in Joplin, Missouri, was a passionate writer and thinker that used jazz and black folk rhythms of the Harlem Renaissance that helped shape American literature and politics. The Harlem Renaissance that traversed from the 1920s to 1930s, was a name given to the cultural, social, artistic, literary and intellectual movement sought to celebrate black life and culture, as well as “reconceptualise ‘the negro’ apart from the white stereotype.” Skilfully conveyed through the utilization of numerous poetic devices, mainly through the device of imagery, Hughes died of prostate cancer at 65 in 1967 but his legacy lives to today from his work of celebrating the lives of black people and the words that spoke out against their struggles. The power of poems such as Harlem (dream deferred), mother to son and Let America be America again keep relevance and interest to audience of the current age as they inspire and teach the story through the themes of struggle of the African American race that is still a resistance in this generation through movements such as black lives matter and the continuous themes of many African American singers/rappers but with the legacy
Langston Hughes was a poet, author, and civil rights movement leader who was born in Missouri, on February 1st, 1902. His most famous piece of work is his poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”. Hughes tells a story throughout the course of his writing, especially in two other poems called “I, Too” and “Refugee in America”. These three poems play hand in hand in figuring out Hughes life journey. His life journey helps people have an understanding about what others went through as well as reflecting on the past and changing it. There is a sense of underlying determination throughout the poems which carries into our lives, it gives us the message to work hard for what you want and it overall gives us hope for the future.
Before even graduating from college, Langston Hughes’ name was becoming known around the country for his writing. His first major poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” written at just seventeen years old, gave way to a forty-year career of popular writings for the author. Known as one of the most iconic African-American writers of his time, Langston Hughes had a major influence on American Literary History. He was known for and as the people’s poet, use of jazz blues, and life experiences.
The cotton gin was a very important invention, created in the 1794, by Eli Whitney. It sped up the removal of seeds from cotton fibers. This invention was particularly important because it sped up the production of cotton. Before the cotton gin, slaves had to hand pick the seeds from the cotton. This job was difficult and the cotton gin made it easier. However, the cotton gin’s quick production created a need to grow more plants. These plants needed to be picked, leading to a large increase for the need of slaves. The invention of the cotton gin may have made cotton production easier for the slaves but, it also caused a larger need for slaves.
Arne Carlson’s personal story begins with his birth on September 24th, 1934 in New York City. He was born to Swedish immigrants who struggled economically, largely due to the Great Depression. In 1947 his family moved back to Sweden in hope of finding better work. However, their economic situation didn’t improve so they return to the United States a year later. During his teenage years, Carlson attend Choate High School in Connecticut, in which he earned a full scholarship. He was successful in highschool and went on to attend Williams college in Massachusetts, also on a full scholarship. He graduated in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in History. Once he graduated he immediately moved to Minnesota, where he attended graduate school at the University
America up to the 1950’s endured many challenges such as World War II. During the 1950’s American society needed to reconstruct itself in order to overcome these traumas. Unfortunately because these changes were so difficult, Americans dearly wanted to turn a blind eye to reality. As a response to this disillusionment, writers such as Allen Ginsberg started the Beat movement to bring change in American Society. Catcher in the Rye provides space for Salinger to expose hypocracises while Holden explores to find his place in this pretentious society by representing the little buddha achieving zen.
Barry Lopez is a modern author whose work was greatly influenced by his love for nature. You might of heard of Barry Lopez due to his most popular work, Arctic Dreams. He is also known for his humanitarian and environmental concerns. Barry has done a lot for both worlds and has definitely made a difference. But there are three major topics that outline the life of Barry Lopez. His personal life his most famous work, Arctic Dreams, and his love for the great outdoors.
quest by staying in the Alaskan wilderness for the entire one hundred days he originally
Although it 's fairly certain that most zine publishers were readers of fanzines or other zines before they started their own zines, it 's uncertain how familiar, except by hearsay, most zine publishers are with these older publications. Nevertheless, many zine publishers have claimed affinity with these older publications, and apparently, like a whisper down the corridors of history, these works, just by the fact that they once existed, serve as both inspiration and influence to many of today 's zines.
Imagine this: it’s the early 1990’s, the day of Bill Clinton’s inauguration speech. A poet was invited to write and read the first inaugural poem. It went like this: “Here, on the pulse of this new day, / You may have the grace to look up and out / And into your sister 's eyes, and into / Your brother 's face, your country /And say simply / Very simply / With hope—Good morning.” This is Maya Angelou’s poem titled “On the Pulse of Morning”, just one of many of her works that were influenced by her life. In this moment it was influenced by the loss of one of her great friends, Martin Luther King Jr. Throughout her life, she faced many things, ranging from her early life to her adult years with her travels and friendships. Maya Angelou’s works were deeply inspired by what happened to her throughout her life, ranging from her early life to when she was in Africa and even when she returned back to America.
Social isolation has become much more common in a society that constantly tries to stereotype us. The poems, “A Supermarket in California,” by Allen Ginsberg and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” by T.S. Eliot, display the way that loneliness is affecting people. In “A Supermarket in California” imagery is used heavily, while with “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” relies on personification to show the loneliness of isolation. Both poems use objects such as the lonely streets and night time to make the reader feel the isolation. In addition, they both use questions to get the readers thinking and feeling of how it is to be lonely. Eliot and Ginsberg both display the theme of how lonely it is to not be able to be yourself in a time or place it is not accepted.