Until the dawn of the 20th century the pale-skinned poets and their rose-tinted interpretation of the world dominated the whimsical world of literature. But the fiery uprising of the Harlem Renaissance in the early 1920’s shook America to its core. Fortified black voices broke out across the nation, effectively using rhythms and cadences so clearly defined by the African-American culture, but the soulful voice that rose above the rest was the voice of Langston Hughes. The poetry that Hughes crafted was filled with sensual rhythms and beats. His stanzas united the beautiful simplicity of blues and jazz music with the heart rendering soulful cries of a race defined by oppression.
Following the emancipation of slaves, rhyme songs, ballads, and blues became abundant in the African American community. Blues was a reflection of the trials and tribulations of African American life and tended to have a melancholy tone. These genres were a form of solo folk song in which the performer translates emotion into music by using wordless sounds, and they became the foundation for the development of jazz. Although blues and jazz are considered musical cousins, jazz was a joyous revolt from convention, authority, and sorrow. Jazz was characterized by a sense of energy and a melody that did not always follow the beat.
It inspired many novels that were written. Even though many other artist performed the song but Strange fruit was most famously perform by Billie Holiday. The song was a hit in and out New York when it was published. It was include in the Songs of the Century. At the time that Abel wrote the poem, American racism and lynching African American was present in the South, and all the other regions in the USA.
This song combines traditional pop music with that of hip-hop, a style that became popular in the eighties in the African American community and is characterized by poetry performed in time to a distinct beat. It was revolutionary and controversial at first, but has become quite mainstream. RHYTHM The rhythm of Beethoven’s 5th is unmistakable and is so important to the piece that it defines it and makes it recognizable. It is exemplified by the first 4 beats, short-short-short-long, and those beats permeate the entire piece. It is written in 2/4 time which translates to 2 quarter notes for each measure.
During Maya Angelo's time her belief for freedom and equality began to spread among the black race, so she "sings" for freedom. Figurative language from the poem is well used and creative. The interpretation of the poem could have been communicated using: bees , roots, flowers, caged birds, wind , freedom, etc. The quote, " wings are clipped and his wings are tied " from the poem may reperesent what has transpired through tradition, and the disadvantages of blacks seldom due to their skin color. Instead of a "caged bird standing on a grave of dreams" the "free bird thinks of another breeze" which can be classified as the white race retaining freedom, and aversion towards blacks as they long for hope and oppurtuinty.
These Ballads were the foundation and root of the Cajun music we hear today. A ballad is defined as a narrative song describing or telling a story in a sequence of events that had tremendous meaning to the author or lyricist. In the beginning the French bands were generally mixed with different races until one Caucasian woman handed a Creole accordionist; Amede Ardoin her handkerchief to wipe down his sweaty face. After that, they pounded him to the point of no return and he ended up in a mental institution where he eventually died several years later. Cajun and Creole music were very similar.
The music style that is played during the party scene in The Great Gatsby is Jazz. This style of music was played by “no thin five piece affair, but a whole pitful of oboes and trombones and saxophones and viols and cornets and piccolos, and low and high drums”(40). It had a new upbeat sound that made sitting still while listening difficult. Dancing became more relaxed and fun during the Jazz Age, in part because of this new style of music. A woman at the party began to dance in a new style, shimmying, and people weren’t sure how to respond until “the erroneous news [went] around that she [was] Gilda Gray’s understudy from the Follies”(41).
The black power movement was designed to create pride in black Americans that they were not lesser beings to whites, that they were indeed beautiful. The Black power movement was expressed in different ways. One of the ways that this movement was able to take root and have an impact is through the use of music. Blacks used different genres of music to express their opinions about their plight and place in society (Delmont, 2012). It can be said that during the 1950’s and 1960’s rock and roll music became a key medium of expressing black pride ideologies and brought a sense of racial unity.
His stories were about the trials and tribulations of characters dealing with difficult issues of being identified as mixed race, ”passing”, illegitimacy, racial identities and social place throughout his career. Chesnutt wrote in a time of the “Jim Crow” era which is known as a highly volatile time in the Reconstruction. The “Jim Crow” laws were laws in the United States enacted between 1876 and 1965. The laws mandated racial segregation in all public facilities in the Southern state of the former Confederacy. The African Americans were given a separate but equal status.
Because of his determination to write about the authentic experience of Black America, Hughes was criticized by some of his contemporaries for what they perceived as negative portrayals of African Americans as well as for dealing with subjects that some reviewers considered not fitting for literature. Hughes spent much of his career writing about the experience of the blacks in the United States, exploring issues of race and racism in his poetry, fiction, non-fiction and plays. He questioned the subconciousness of “white is best” proudly said “I am a negro- and beautiful” (Gates, Mckay 1271). Langston Hughes in his essay The Negro Artist and the Racial Mountain says “Most of my own poems are racial in theme and treatment derived from the life I know. In many of them I try to grasp and hold some of the meanings and rhythms of jazz”(Gates, Mckay 1270).