African-American Poetry Term Paper by Writing Specialists

African-American Poetry
An examination of various African-American poems throughout American history, focusing on the era of slavery.
# 92292 | 2,158 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Feb 18, 2007 in Literature (Poetry) , English (Analysis) , African-American Studies (Slavery)

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This paper examines African-American poetry from many eras in American history. The writer explores several poems and discusses their meaning and impact on society. The paper focuses on the spirit of the African-American people through the decades of slavery and the way that their spirit survived through learning to read and write and find solace in poetry.

Table of Contents:
Types of African-American Poetry

From the Paper:

"The above passage from the same poem provides the reader with the understanding that Hughes does not anticipate he will always be relegated to the kitchen for his meals and that there will come a time where he will eat at the table with the house guests. It is a protest against the treatment of his race while showing pride and refusal to believe he is the lesser person he is treated like when he is sent to the kitchen to eat. One of the most important things to note is the perseverance of African Americans during those early years (Baker, 1982). An example of this strength can be see in the fact that it was illegal to teach African Americans to read and write, yet many of them refused to give up and often traded favors, food, or clothing for learning the craft. They knew if they could read and write they would be better equipped to work toward eventual freedom."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Scrimgeour, JD(1998)DEXPLORING AFRICAN-AMERICAN POETRY.(IDEAS) The News & Record (Piedmont Triad, NC);
  • Baker, Houston A. Three American Literatures: Essays in Chicano, Native American, and Asian American Literature for Teachers of American Literature. New York, NY: Modern Language Association of America, 1982.
  • Baugh, John. Black Street Speech: Its History, Structure, and Survival. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 1983.
  • Dillard, J. L. Black English: History and Usage in United States. New York: Random House, 1972.
  • Du Bois, W. E. B. The Souls of Black Folk. New York: Penguin Press reprint, 1996.

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