Michael S. Harper Essay by The Research Group

Michael S. Harper
Examines the major works, ideas and influences of this black American poet.
# 19954 | 1,125 words | 5 sources | 1993 | US
Published on Mar 01, 2003 in Literature (American) , Literature (Poetry) , African-American Studies (General)


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"Michael S. Harper is a black American poet who sees history as a vital and continuing process. He also has an interest in and makes use of his ancestral past, the African heritage of his race. His verse is generally in free form but is regulated by the jazz and blues structures which have always interested him (Mendelson & Bryfouski 138). Harper was born in 1938 in Brooklyn. He attended public schools in that city. His family moved to Los Angeles in 1951. In creative writing classes in school, he wrote plays and short stories. He worked as a newspaper distributor, lifeguard, postal clerk, and counselor, and in 1961 he spent a year at the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop. He taught in Portland, Oregon, Hayward, California, and Urbana, Illinois, before teaching and directing the writing program at Brown University. He now lives with his wife and ..."

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