One of these regions is the American South. Because of its racial relations, economic system, and colloquial speech, the South stood very distinct from life in the North, sparking curiosity and wonder from outsiders. It is here, therefore, that regionalist literary artists, such as Mark Twain, stepped in and worked to describe Southern life for people in other parts of the country. As the Civil War and Reconstruction eras began to close, Mark Twain and other Southern regionalist writers established an accurate representation and identity of the Southern culture and way-of-life through their novels and short stories.
The speaker of Claude McKay’s poem “America,” explains how it is crucial to stay positive and believe in what America stands for, a place for hope, even though America contains many evils as it addresses those who are suffering. The speaker is an African American who may be struggling, but decides to remain optimistic in what America represents. The speaker is African American for it alludes to the abstract version of someone who is like Claude McKay, which is shown through the use of words such as “me,” (1) (6) “my,” (2) (3) (5) (7) and “I.” (3) (4) (9) (11) This speaker tries to elucidate to the audience of other suffering Americans that the inspiration that she gives is worthwhile in the long run. This “she” (1) that the narrator discusses,
Hughes uses the inequality that still stands in the “free” America to voice that everyone should be equal. Hughes uses various allusions to portray the didactic meaning of the poem that the statements of a free America for everyone, is far from the truth. Making allusions to certain instances, in African American history provided a way for Hughes’ audience to understand his underlying thought. Throughout the formation of the America today, African Americans have been discriminated starting from their beginning as slaves. Hughes describes African Americans during this time period as, “the Negro(s) bearing slavery’s scars.
The Harlem Renaissance, Segregation, and discrimination were all harsh things that were happening towards the African-American race. In this era there was a person who it affected him so much that he had to create inspirational poems about it, that person was Claude McKay. McKay had to suffer from many of harsh and racial things in his life. While writing his poems McKay uses imagery in it while he is describing America. Most of his poems were sonnets.
Langston Hughes shows that he is aware the American dream is there and knows that it was intended to be equal but it simply was not due to racist and close minded people. Some people gave up on the American dream and knew that it was too far out of reach but Langston Hughes reiterated that in his poem that the American dream is still there and well alive for the taking for anyone who is willing to work for it. Langston Hughes was also quick to point out the difficult path it was for a person of African descent to gain it but that didn 't stop him from reiterating the fact that it is there and there to be taken. To me, I see Langston Hughes as a man that sees a problem and simply wants to make it known an address is in so that everybody sees what he sees. I also see a Visionary and him, how he sees that America can one day be what it was meant and
The Harlem Renaissance took place during the 1930s ,where artists such as poets, writers, musicians and many other types of artist’s talents blossomed in Harlem, New York. Their work represented the time period of segregation ,but also change in the community. Countee Cullen was poet that wrote about racial issues in the time period ,but also love and faith. “Cullen was not afraid to break down racial barriers ,but hated being pigeonholed for it,” Holt McDougal. “Langston Hughes was a leading poet in the Harlem Renaissance,who mainly based his work of the poor and the working-class,” Holt McDougal.
His metaphor puts a final image to the struggle of oppression during the Civil Rights Movement and what happens to a black man or woman when a dream is deferred. Hughes wants his readers to not only imagine but feel how African Americans felt during the Civil Rights Movement when he wrote this poem. He wanted to convey the pain, anguish, disrespect, and ultimately, the conclusion of what may happen to a dream that continues to be deferred. What would happen to a dream deferred?
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, together with the numerous significant American poets, considered realism to be a faithful representation of what they viewed as a truthful portrayal of the reality in the era in which they lived in. With directly approaching the truth, they created the literary movement which was a genuine reflection of reality. The middle of the nineteenth century was the ideal period for the establishment of the realism. As opposed to Romanticism which stresses the importance of one 's individual feelings, Realism is attached to the problems that arise in a society, as well as their true colors. Realism offers different interpretation of the term individual, because realism emphasizes the importance of society and the person as part within that society.
Rhett Butler’s words in Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind (1936) reflect the notion of the ‘South’ in America as it prides itself on a certain lifestyle. It is an extremely popular novel which clutched at American hearts for its romantic portrayal of the South and its ‘Lost Cause’. It remains prevalent in spite of the ambivalent form of criticism against the novel and the author of being flawed and racist. Mitchell takes an iconic moment in American History and by setting it in the South, she retains a certain image of the ‘Old South’ while depicting a change brought about by the Civil War. This is problematized by her depiction of African-Americans in the novel as it includes the act of Slavery as a normative practice in the ‘South’ and the life of slaves on a Southern plantation.
Writers like Zora Neal Hurston, Langston Hughes and W.E.B. Dubois used their ability to write stories and poetry that expressed how they felt about what was going on in their time and how there were changes that needed to be made. Hughes sometimes talked about how African American culture should be celebrated because it is just as important as white culture or any other culture. Sweat by Zora Neal Hurston didn 't focus on racial inequality as the forefront, but it showed how African American slaves who were beaten by their owners resulted in them being abusive to others around them because that was all they knew. W.E.B. Dubois was a person who pursued social justice. He was also at the forefront of African American education.
When it comes to Whitfield’s poetry, his tone stands out as a key factor of his writing style. Most of the writing about slavery from black authors in the 1800s features ugly themes and retelling of experiences, but Whitfield excels at bringing his cynical attitude to the surface of his poetry. He also includes redeeming moments that instill hopefulness. His poem America exemplifies his direct tone of writing. He wastes no time to set the tone in his opening passage “America, it is to thee,| Thou boasted land of liberty,
1. “Africa” The poem starts off with a very calm description of Africa, here Maya Angelou is portraying the country as a beautiful woman. The mood then changes when she explains the dark past when young boys and girls were taken from their home and sold into slavery. In the powerful ending, Africa rises and takes a stand for herself. 2.