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  • Brooks's Poem
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    The poem "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks is a stream of the thoughts of poor inner city African-Americans who have adopted a hoodlum lifestyle. Though many can have different interpretations of this poem, it is fair to look at the life and career or the works and influences of Gwendolyn Brooks. The life and art of the black American poet, Gwendolyn Brooks, began on June 7, 1917 when she was born in Topeka, Kansas. She was the first child of Keziah Corine Wins and David Anderson Brooks. When s...
  • Maya Angelou
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    Maya Angelou is one of the most influential and talented African American writers of our modern day. Those who read Angelou's works should not pass the thought of where her influence came from. Maya Angelou's work has been heavily affected by the era in which she began to write. The fifties and sixties were a tumultuous time for most African-Americans in the US. The civil-rights movement, led by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the National Urban League, Ma...
  • Brooks's Poetry
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    Although she was born on 7 June 1917 in Topeka, Kansas -- the first child of David and Keziah Brooks -- Gwendolyn Brooks is 'a Chicagoan. ' The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, and despite her extensive travels and periods in some of the major universities of the country, she has remained associated with the city's South Side. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was made bearable by the wealth of human capital that resulted from warm interpersonal relationships....
  • Two Other Black American Poets Before Cullen
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    Gerald Early Poet, anthologist, novelist, translator, children's writer, and playwright, Countee Cullen is something of a mysterious figure. He was born 30 March 1903, but it has been difficult for scholars to place exactly where he was born, with whom he spent the very earliest years of his childhood, and where he spent them. New York City and Baltimore have been given as birthplaces. Cullen himself, on his college transcript at New York University, lists Louisville, Kentucky, as his place of b...
  • Amiri Baraka
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    March 9, 2001 The Life and Poetry of Amiri Baraka "To understand that you are black in a society where black is an extreme liability is one thing, but to understand that it is the society that is lacking and impossibly deformed, and not yourself, isolates you even more" (About 3). This is a direct quote from Baraka, and it outlines his beliefs well. History and society have always influenced Amiri Baraka, and this made him feel as though society was isolating the Black community. Throughout his ...
  • Reflection On The Poetry Of Michael Harper
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    Keith D. Leonard Michael S. Harper was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Walter Warren Harper, a postal worker, and Katherine Johnson Harper, a medical stenographer. Harper recalls his family's move in 1951 to a predominantly white Los Angeles neighborhood grappling with racial tension as a traumatic enough experience to "make" him a poet. Also, his family had an extensive record collection that profoundly affected Harper's poetry. Encouraged to pursue medicine, Harper became only a marginal studen...
  • Poetry Of Langston Hughes
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    Poetry in Motion - Langston Hughes Langston Hughes was a poet that lived from 1902-1967. He was a very distinguished poet of the Harlem Renaissance, the great out pouring of african-american art. The poetry of Langston Hughes is very different, yet it held the reader's attention. As a poet, he defines his role as a poet. Hughes has a very unconventional style, subject content, and language, though he gives his intended messages in the same way as the poets of the past have done. Langston Hughes ...
  • Black Context In The British Poetry
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    TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY BRITISH POETRY Knowledge of contemporary British poetry is of great importance when it comes to understanding the reigning trends of England. The 1970's saw a fair amount of polemic concerning the discontinuities of the national "traditions", most of it concerned with poetry, all of it vulnerable to a blunt totalizing which demonstrated the triumphant ability of "nation" to organize literary study and judgment -- as it does still, perhaps more than ever. It remains the cas...
  • Dunbar's Poetry Paul Laurence Dunbar
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    Dunbar's Poetry Paul Laurence Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872 to former slaves, who had relocated Dayton Ohio. Dunbar was the editor of his high school news paper which was exceptional, considering he was the only African-American enrolled at the school. He went on to become the first African-American poet of national recognition. Throughout his life he maintained an active roll in politics and along with, Booker T. Washington and W.E. B Dubois raised money for the black college, Tuskegee Insti...

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