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African American poetry : 250 years of struggle & song  Cover Image Book Book

African American poetry : 250 years of struggle & song

Young, Kevin, 1970- (editor.).

Summary: Across a turbulent history, Black poets created a rich and multifaceted tradition that has been both a reckoning with American realities and an imaginative response to them. One of the great American art forms, African American poetry encompasses many kinds of verse: formal, experimental, vernacular, lyric, and protest. The anthology opens with moving testaments to the power of poetry as a means of self-assertion, as enslaved people voice their passionate resistance to slavery. This volume captures the power and beauty of this diverse tradition and its challenge to American poetry and culture. Here are all the significant movements and currents: the nineteenth-century Francophone poets known as Les Cenelles, the Chicago Renaissance that flourished around Gwendolyn Brooks, the early 1960s Umbra group, and the more recent work of writers affiliated with Cave Canem and the Dark Noise Collective. Here too are poems of singular, hard-to-classify figures: the enslaved potter David Drake, the allusive modernist Melvin B. Tolson, the Cleveland-based experimentalist Russell Atkins. The volume also features biographies of each poet and notes that illuminate cultural references and allusions to historical events-- adapted from dust jacket.

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781598536669
  • ISBN: 1598536664
  • Physical Description: print
    lx, 1110 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : The Library of America, [2020]

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Anthology of poems.
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 1021-1048) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction / by Kevin Young -- Bury me in a free land: 1770-1899 -- Lift every voice: 1900-1918 -- The dark tower: 1919-1936 -- Ballads of remembrance: 1936-1959 -- Ideas of ancestry: 1959-1975 -- Blue light sutras: 1976-1989 -- Praise songs for the day: 1990-2008 -- After the hurricane: 2009-2020
Subject: American poetry African American authors
American poetry African American authors History and criticism
African Americans Intellectual life
African Americans in literature
African Americans Poetry
Social problems Poetry
Passive resistance United States Poetry
Passive resistance
African Americans Intellectual life
African Americans in literature
African Americans
American poetry African American authors
Social problems
United States
American poetry African American authors
African Americans Poetry
Race relations Poetry
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Poetry.
Poetry.

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