Both Walt Whitman and Seamus Heaney have had a strong influence on Trethewey’s compositions (Davis). In the poem, “South” by Trethewey, she explains America as a ‘white space,’ similarly to the Walt Whitman’s views stance on the south. The use of this expression demonstrates the social hierarchy built within the south as a white supremacy era (Ibid). Not only has she been influenced by Whitman, but also by Heaney when writing this poem. After reading Holland’s “North,” she gained the idea of her poem “South” (Ibid).
The cultural impact of the Harlem Renaissance was paramount in creating a collective shift of consciousness in America. This shift was the byproduct of the Great Migration forcing a environment for art, philosophy and religion to proliferate. Furthermore, these driving factors provided an abundance of exposure of African American culture to the rest of America particularly white America. Moreover, this environment was teeming with creativity producing great music, poetry and actors. In addition, the environment also was intellectually driven from philosophers, writers and bloomed progressive sects of religion.
Years before we started our constitution with “we the people…;” years before we distinguished society to be separated into colors -- black, white or somewhere in between; years before we pledged together to be “...one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all…,” we lived under the British rule. However, with the sacrifices of many men who made history come to life, we gained our freedom. Soon our America turned into my America -- my as in the “white” America. The cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance approached later on in the early twentieth century, where vibrancies of new perceptions emerged in the minds of many African Americans. However, this white America proved to be an obstacle, taking away the freedom and excitement that the African Americans felt after years of oppression.
The Harlem Renaissance was a movement that reflected the culture of African Americans in an artistic way during the 1920’s and the 30’s. Many African Americans who participated in this movement showed a different side of the “Negro Life,” and rejected the stereotypes that were forced on themselves. The Harlem Renaissance was full of artists, musicians, and writers who wrote about their thoughts, especially on discrimination towards blacks, such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Langston Hughes. The Harlem Renaissance was an influential and exciting movement, and influenced others to fight for what they want and believed in. The Harlem Renaissance was the start of the Civil Rights Movement.
As a by-product of the Great Migration of African Americans to the north, city such as New York became capitals of African American culture. In his book, The History of Jazz, Ted Gioia notes that Harlem specifically became known as the panicle of black culture and high black society during the 1920’s. This period of black cultural development would later be formally known as the Harlem Renaissance. While the Harlem Renaissance is traditionally viewed as boom of African American artisanship and prosperity the truth, especially in regards to jazz history, is that while black culture was booming the quality of living for many African Americans was not. Gioia describes this duality as the two Harlems.
In conclusion, the Harlem Renaissance was the first self-conscious literary and artistic movement in African American history. Claude McKay's "If We Must Die" and Helene Johnson's " Sonnet to a Negro in Harlem" both highlight dignity and racial pride. The literature of the Harlem Renaissance were acclaimed to a fierce racial conscious and racial pride animated by all the literature. Poetry as one of the cultural form and expression to subvert racial
The Harlem Renaissance was the cultural explosion that took place in Manhattan during the 1920’s and 30’s after World War I, peaking at 1928. It was here where African-American culture bursted into a flurry of nightclubs, speakeasies, community centers, cafes, publishing houses, and galleries. 1920-1930 was a party that lasted a decade, and Manhattan was the center of it. The Harlem Renaissance resulted in what came to be the Jazz Age and the blues, introducing musicians such as Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, and Louis Armstrong; all at the Cotton
It may not be cause for concern if one is unfairly found guilty for a simple act, such as, stealing a cookie, but what if the act in question was more severe… more intense so to say. What if one were to be blamed for a crime as serious as murder? Worst, what if the reason for conviction was based primarily on the color of an individual’s skin and an untrustworthy testimony. In order to inform his listeners of such injustice towards African-Americans within in the United States, in particular, Rubin Carter, Bob Dylan skillfully employs the rhetorical strategies of imagery, pathos, and metaphor in his popular song “Hurricane”.
Last year when the new Luke Cage series came out on Netflix, I eagerly binge-watched the series and upon completion, I realized the love that the people had for Harlem. Unlike the rest of Manhattan, Harlem was an actual neighborhood with people that grew up with one another and had a sense of community, but most importantly, Harlem was notoriously black in a borough that was predominately white. I find it fascinating that Harlem is notoriously black because one of the greatest African-American movements happened decades ago and Harlem’s identity is still the same. It all started in the 1920’s and what started off small became a huge sensation known as the Harlem Renaissance.
There are quite a few similes that McKay uses within this poem. "Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood". McKay uses the (line 8) words "like" and "sweeps" to compare how America destroys anything and everything that gets in her way just as a flood destroy and sweep away anything that gets in its way. He uses quotes like "stealing my breath of life.... giving me strength erect against her hate" to express that even though America is filled with hate and tries to slowly kill him, Americans still give him strength to keep living and rise above the hate. He uses this some leaves to give his audience of you on what America was like in the 1920s as an African American man.
Thus, The African-American, who is humiliated and degraded in the racial community becomes a man who is losing contact with external world while the external world is nothing but a world that cannot possibly interact with the African-American's own world. But while Hughes’s poetry reflects his pride and acceptance of his black origins, McKay’s works reflect his rejection of his blackness. Furthermore, the two poets employed their poetry in order to provide a solution for the African-American’s problem of estrangement and identity crisis. McKay’s and Hughes’ depiction of the problem of the mulattoes as well as their estrangement in the American society stems from the background and the early life of the two poets. A close reading
Especially later in her career, as her work got more and more overtly political, her poems became indictments of various societal phenomena around her. In her poem “Primer for Blacks”, Brooks scathingly calls out the various divisions within the Black community, emphasizing how pride in one’s heritage is essential for the liberation of Black people as a
We chose a website because of convenience and our love for technology. While creating the website, we could easily work together to get everything accomplished at the same time. Also since one of us has a busy schedule, it made it easier to be somewhere with wifi to work on it. Both of us love technology and wanted to find a way to incorporate it into our National History Day admission.
The poem “The White House” written by Claude McKay is a poem about the struggle of McKay. The sonnet was written in the 1920’s about the segregation of America showing the disrespect and trouble McKay went through. This essay will explore the opinion of everybody body should be treated equally as every human has the right to deserve the equal respect because there will be a lot of harm caused to the opposition. This idea has been shown through the use of metaphor, simile, and oxymoron. Overall, this essay will show that the law of segregation has a very negative impact on the general public as humanity was destroyed.
This way of taking somebodies life occurred often in the South. Being in the Deep South was extremely dangerous and frightening for anyone with black colored skin, whites had such hatred and aggression. McKay’s poem reflects on American culture during the time by showing how people had