Throughout her lifetime she was an activist, who worked to promote blacks to study literature by writing poetry. She published many books and wrote countless pieces of poetry discussing issues prejudice that blacks faced. Brooks began her career as a poet
Releasing her novel into classrooms around the nation taught the students about the Southern views and their oppression which helped bring to light the reasons for the movement. Her novel kept up a popular status to his day and her ideas of hope and justice still empower classrooms. When talking to a teacher here at Pilot Grove about her stance on the book she stated that “if she had to choose a book to teach in classrooms, it would be this one because of its literary variations and its overarching sense of hope.” Another schoolteacher noted that “Harper Lee’s greatest contribution to our culture was that she found a way to make people listen who weren’t listening. To help people see who would have rather turned away.”
It already gives a hit to the reader that there a problem coming in the poem. Then she continues with the colors “light-bright, near-white, / high-yellow, and red-boned” (3-4), all this colors are all obviously very light. These bright colors stand in the poem as tones of skin mostly light white skin or light tan skin. The last lines of the first stanza “In a black place, were just white lies ” (5-6). In a black place, she means in the almost all black community she is part of as a light bright skin girl.
When creating a character, poets have to use the correct language to make their character believable. One poet who creates these vivid characters by using language is Langston Hughes. In the poem “Mother to Son” by Langston Hughes the voice of an African American woman comes alive by Langston’s use of the black vernacular and underlying rhythms found in the poem. When Hughes wrote “Mother to Son” African Americans were beginning to embrace their heritage and history which included Ebonics. Hughes wrote “Mother to Son” during the Harlem Renaissance when the idea of blackness and cultural identity for African Americans began to grow (Graham).
Her work provided a strong, militant yet African-American feel that was manifested through her writing. Giovanni work includes variety of topics ranging from race and social issues to children literature. She is considered one of the world well-known poets, within the African-American community. Furthermore, go trip is something that is undertaken in order to draw attention to a person’s own image or appraisal to him or herself. This is done strictly to satisfy one’s
Frances Harper was one of the most prominent African American poets during this time period. Frances Harper was not only important for her work as a poet but also for her work she did in helping with the Underground Railroad. Frances Harper worked directly with slave fugitives proving that she was going to do what it takes to help those people. Frances Harper’s second book, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects I think helps make her a prominent writer. The book includes the poems “Eliza Harris” and “The Slave Auction” that attack slavery directly.
The Life and Works of Nikki Giovanni The ideas and subjects expressed in Nikki Giovanni’s works are a reflection of her life and times. Giovanni, born in Knoxville, Tennessee in 1943, is a well-known African-American author who reached her prime in the late 1960´s and the early 1970´s. All of her writings prove her experiences as a child and young woman. ¨frequently anthologized, Giovanni’s poetry expresses strong racial pride and respect for family. Her informal style makes her work accessible to both adults and children¨ (PoetryFoundation 1).
Name: Sandra Achaia ID: 90014 0822 Journal #4 Remember by Joy Harjo Joy Harjo is not only a native American poet, but also she is a musician and a performer. She was influenced by her aunts and grandma who introduced her to their traditional story telling. Therefore, that is what she will share with the reader in her poem "Remember" from a book called How we become Human.
Langston Hughes was known for being one of the most favored, if not the most favored, African-American poet and short story writers of the twentieth century. He was commemorated for being a people’s poet, “his life’s work was about bringing people together socially, politically, and artistically” (Shawn Alexander, 42). Hughes was influential for writing about the everyday struggles, racial injustices, and dreams of the African-American men and women during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920’s. This period in history was a time of vast changes and explorations for African-Americans.
The early readings of symbolist poetry in French would bring about a significant influence on the later work of Jean Michel. Jean Michel Basquiat Artwork Jean Michel began displaying a talent for art during his early childhood when he learnt how to draw and paint with the encouragement of his mother. They travelled together to attend
One of the most important literary figure was Langston Hughes. When the “Harlem Renaissance” became popular, Langston Hughes’ influences, style of writing, and themes made him different than the others. Langston Hughes was influenced by people and events. The people that influenced him were Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Carl Sandburg, and Walt Whitman.
shaping the artistic contributions of the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s. Unlike other notable black poets of the period, Hughes refused to differentiate between his personal experience and the common experience of black America. He wanted to tell the stories of his people in ways that reflected their actual culture, including both their suffering, love of music, laughter, and language itself (Ham). Along with literary works, the music of the Harlem Renaissance appealed to a wide audience and marked a proliferation of African-American cultural influence. No aspect of the Harlem Renaissance shaped America and the entire world as much as jazz.
There were many reasons why the Harlem Renaissance was an important time in American history. "The driving force behind the varied activities that made Harlem so vibrant in the twentieth century were sparked by the massive migration of black people from the rural South and the Caribbean.” (Bascom, Lionel C. A Renaissance in Harlem: Lost Voices of an American Community.) The Harlem Renaissance, which took place during the Great Depression, boosted the morale of African Americans. " Harlem in the 1920s was like nowhere else on Earth.