Amiri Baraka, a fellow poet who was a friend of Frank O’Hara at the time, was black. It is intriguing to assess the influence Baraka had on O’Hara’s views. Allen Ginsberg shares the same views as O’Hara but writes in a very different way. I will be focusing on his revolutionary poem, “Howl” and the way in which he discusses race as well as how racial minorities are treated in America. To analyse “Howl” fully, I will bring in details from his poem “America” to support my points.
ANALYSIS FROM A HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE Analysis from a historical Perspective Juan Severino South University Composition II/Literature Brian Campbell 10/28/2010 I have chosen I Too and Dream Deferred but they are other poems that you can pick and analyzes them in any way you want and still you going to back in history and compare. Langston Hughes Poems are intense are well put in the order that he starting writing them. I did a research on one of his poems (Let America Be America Again) and I was impress because it was moving and got that interpretation of the 18 century talking about slave and the segregation in the 50’s and when Rosa Park denied to sit in the back of the bus just because a white person want to sit right where she was sitting. In the poem, I Too it talks about a person that when it was time to eat they send he/him to the back or the kitchen and still he/her goes to the kitchen and with pride with no shame of being what he/she is. In those times the black people eat in the kitchen, and like in the restaurant, hospital, and other places have sign that tell where the black goes.
The two poems ‘’No problem’’ and ‘’Still I Rise’’ talks about how the racial abuse they get because of slavery. Both poets deliver a message about how proud of there image and the culture. I am going to start off talking about Angelou’s “Still I Rise”. ‘’Still I Rise’’ have a stronger view and more intensive as it is about the hardships that African Americans faced and how even thought they were abused and tossed aside, they rose from the ground they was thrown to. The language she used tells that she has a positive attitude and with using Standard English and not only for her but she tells on behalf of all black women’s.
So that leads me thinking if people of all races will ever be equal in the justice system and to the rest of the world. In my opinion racism still excists in the court room, but I think it has reduced a lot in the past 80 years. In the book “To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee we get to know a black man named Tom Robinson. He lives in Maycomb, Alabama and is a good and helpful man, he always wants to do everything he can to help people. Mayella Ewell, a white girl, often asked him to help her with her chores and he of course did.
Although martin had a white friend growing up in the neighbor hood where he grew up, both he and his friend had to attend segregated schools, drink from separate fountains, use separate restrooms, and even eat at different counters in restaurants. This hardship only made martin grow stronger. Young Martin was an excellent student in school; he skipped grades in both elementary school and high school. He enjoyed reading books, singing, riding a bicycle, and playing football and baseball. Martin entered Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, when he was only 15 years old.
The Black Arts movement and the Harlem Renaissance are both significant time periods in African American history. These time periods gave birth to several unforgettable literature, music, dance, and art .Two poems from those eras that remain popular in today's society are “Black Art” by Armiri Baraka and “If We Must Die” by Claude McKay. Although both inspirational they focused on very different styles and tones. Similarly, the two poems address the same audience in their literature. As seen in many poems wrote during the Black Art Movement, Armiri Baraka directly states his audience in lines “Let Black people understand/that they are the lovers and the sons/of warriors and sons/of warriors” While Claude McKay notes “If we must die—let it not be like hogs/Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,/While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,” McKay 's indirectly indicates that his audience are African Americans.
The poem “I know why the cage bird sings” by Maya Angelou is a powerful and inspirational poem that everyone is can relate to. It reflects the lives of people who have been held back because they are part of a certain group. This poem carries a certain air of resonance relating to sorrow, captivity and racism; however it uses very simple diction and many figurative language devices. For many years, African Americans have endured many injustices, discrimination, and have been treated as though they are inferior. In this poem Maya Angelou establishes a clear difference between a free bird and a caged bird, which symbolizes an African American man or woman and a white man or woman.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION 1.1 Background of Problem Carl Sandburg is known as an American poet, singer of folk songs and ballads, and biographer. Sandburg's early writings dealt with his belief in social justice and equality and were written in such a way that they barely resembled what most people thought of as poetry. "I Am the People, the Mob" from the Chicago Poems is an example. The ending of the poem is similar to the style of Walt Whitman (1819–1892): "When I, the People, learn to remember, when I, the People, use the lessons of yesterday and no longer forget who robbed me last year, who played me for a fool—then there will be no speaker in all the world say the name: 'The People,' with any fleck of a sneer in his voice or any far-off smile of derision [ridicule]. The mob—the crowd—the mass—will arrive then."
Angelou's poems celebrate black people, men and women; at the same time, they bear witness to the trials of black people in this country. Implicitly or directly, whites are called to account, yet Angelou's poetry, steeped though it is in the languages and cultures of black America, does not exclude whites (Stark). Quite the reverse: the poems are generous in their directness, and in the humor Angelou finds alongside her outrage and pain, in their dynamic embrace of life (Cookson). They are truly celebratory pieces of poetic works she has created. She prefers strong,
The inspiring adaptation, transforming a poem into a song, of “This Land is Your Land,” by Woody Guthrie, have brought people together, stopped feuds, healed wounds, and even taught humans how to be human again. Guthrie depicts on the Great Depression, a time of personal depression and national upheaval. Impressive poems such as “We Real Cool,” by Gwendolyn Brooks in all probability, is one of the most powerful poems for the black community. Gwendolyn Brooks wrote this poem when blacks in America had no voting rights and many blacks felt that school was not an option let alone obtaining a good job. Her poetry has memorable characters that draw from the underclass of the nations black communities that record the impact of life.