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 is about centrality of race in experience, commonality over difference.

 is about centrality of race in experience, commonality over difference.

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  • 1. By Mkhabela FT The teacher
  • 2.  Outline of Poetry and Society Context of the writer The literary tradition that the poem falls into Themes, form and interpretation of the poem Aim: learning the analytical skills to apply to any literature, especially substantiating your analysis with reference to the work
  • 3.  If you “understand” music, you can understand poetry. Hip Hop – Mos Def as political poet Ben Harper and Maya Angelou – Still I Rise India Arie – Acoustic Soul Bob Marley – Redemption Song (oral poetry of slaves)
  • 4. African American Literary Tradition Langston Hughes is an African-American literary icon African-American literary tradition focuses on the place of African-Americans in the USA and issues such as racism, religion, slavery, freedom, equality and cultural production Often incorporates elements of oral poetry such as improvisation, repetition, cadence, alliteration Examples of oral poetry elements in African- American culture include rap, blues, jazz
  • 5.  “Poet Laureate” of Harlem Renaissance (African- American cultural revival/ flowering 1920-1930 s) Influenced generations of writers and political context Known for his bittersweet poetry based on the rhythms of jazz and blues Focus on the everyday/ordinary people Work celebrates African-American culture
  • 6.  Language and sound effects: Use of idiom and African-American colloquial speech (Harlem slang) Free verse - Layout and punctuation crucial to meaning e.g. where the assignment begins in the poem Rhythms of jazz, be-bop and blues
  • 7.  Context of the Jim Crow Era = American Apartheid from late 1800s (end of slavery) to 1960s (civil rights era) Imagery: focus on aspects of everyday life Context: race is central in experience of self and interaction with others Also a poem about writing (poem has multiple meanings) Hughes advocated a humanist ideology to combat racism
  • 8.  falls into African-American literary tradition written in free verse is about centrality of race in experience, commonality over difference is also a poem about writing uses everyday speech patterns and places (links to importance of history/place/identity)