African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song (Loa #333): A Library of America Anthology
ISBN: 1598536664
EAN13: 9781598536669
Language: English
Pages: 825
Dimensions: 1" H x 7.88" L x 4.88" W
Weight: 1.25 lbs.
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A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present

Across a turbulent history, from such vital centers as Harlem, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and the Bay Area, Black poets created a rich and multifaceted tradition that has been both a reckoning with American realities and an imaginative response to them. Capturing the power and beauty of this diverse tradition in a single indispensable volume, African American Poetry reveals as never before its centrality and its challenge to American poetry and culture.

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 like Phillis Wheatley and George Moses Horton and activist Frances Ellen Watkins Harper voice their passionate resistance to slavery. Young's fresh, revelatory presentation of the Harlem Renaissance reexamines the achievements of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen alongside works by lesser-known poets such as Gwendolyn B. Bennett and Mae V. Cowdery. The later flowering of the still influential Black Arts Movement is represented here with breadth and originality, including many long Read More chevron_right

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5
   Complete Historical Compilation.
She loved it because she was not familiar with many African American poets.
 
5
   Incredible Black poetry spanning hundreds of years!
Kevin Young provides a great introduction and overview of the history of black poetry by Stephen King. Immersed myself in the gifted black writings of inspiring poets!
 
5
   This is an outstanding collection.
I use this together with a poetry workshop led by a minister and I am blown away by the poetry I have never been exposed to.
 
5
   Essential
This volume is a long-needed, essential contribution to the American literary traditions, not just a compendium of works by African-American authors. It contains selections too new to mention from authors with whom I had been previously unfamiliar, indeed ignorant of their existence, so that for me it presents an opportunity to increase my knowledge and a new domain of beauty and pleasure. The scholarly apparatus is particularly well done. The volume addresses a number of lacunae in the Americas'historical, cultural, and literary traditions.
 
5
   Great Resource
This book is located next to my bed. When I want to touch with eloquence, I can reach for it. Offers a window of exposure to many styles of expressing experiences in a variety of unique, individualistic ways. I look forward to savouring new ideas for a long time.
 
5
   An African American Treasure
The book is absolutely amazing and the poetry selections are first rate. I particularly like the first binding of the book, and the font and quality of the paper is sewn.
 
5
   Comprehensive selection from major African-American poets. Outstanding.
Introduced me to so many African-American poets I had heard but hadn 't read much as a result of which I decided to go and read a lot more.
 
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