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1 D D iction (Word Choice) I I mages D D etails (Included / Excluded) L L anguage (Formal / Informal) S S entence Structure (Punctuation? Full sentences?)

2 Gwendolyn Brooks & Langston Hughes Influence of Blues and Harlem Renaissance

3 Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 – 2000) Grew up in Chicago, IL Grew up in Chicago, IL Endured racial prejudice. These experiences influenced her work. Endured racial prejudice. These experiences influenced her work. Published more than 75 poems, but failed to be employed by the Chicago Defender – an African American newspaper. Published more than 75 poems, but failed to be employed by the Chicago Defender – an African American newspaper. Works also influenced by blues rhythms Works also influenced by blues rhythms Met Langston Hughes of the Harlem Renaissance movement while she was in high school. Met Langston Hughes of the Harlem Renaissance movement while she was in high school. “Who he was is a smallish part of what he was.” – Brooks of Hughes. “Who he was is a smallish part of what he was.” – Brooks of Hughes.

4 Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) Enormously influential during Harlem Renaissance Enormously influential during Harlem Renaissance Jazz Poetry – “demonstrates jazz-like rhythm or the feel of improvisation Jazz Poetry – “demonstrates jazz-like rhythm or the feel of improvisation Stressed the theme “black is beautiful” as well as racial consciousness and cultural nationalism Stressed the theme “black is beautiful” as well as racial consciousness and cultural nationalism Encouraged pride in diverse black culture and the black aesthetic and use of these as source of inspiration for black artists. Encouraged pride in diverse black culture and the black aesthetic and use of these as source of inspiration for black artists.

5 Harlem Renaissance 1920s and 1930s, Harlem in New York City. 1920s and 1930s, Harlem in New York City. Grew out of changes since abolition of slavery and the Great Migration of African Americans to northern cities Grew out of changes since abolition of slavery and the Great Migration of African Americans to northern cities Influenced African Americans in America as well as writers from French-speaking African and Caribbean colonies who lived in Paris Influenced African Americans in America as well as writers from French-speaking African and Caribbean colonies who lived in Paris Redefined how America and the world saw the African American population – from rural and uneducated to cosmopolitan sophistication. Redefined how America and the world saw the African American population – from rural and uneducated to cosmopolitan sophistication. "Like avant-garde movements in Europe, the Harlem Renaissance embraced all art-forms, including music, dance, film, theatre and cabaret.” "Like avant-garde movements in Europe, the Harlem Renaissance embraced all art-forms, including music, dance, film, theatre and cabaret.”

6 “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon.

7 “I, Too” by Langston Hughes I, too, sing America. I am the darker brother. They send me to eat in the kitchen When company comes, But I laugh, And eat well, And grow strong. Tomorrow, I'll be at the table When company comes. Nobody'll dare Say to me, "Eat in the kitchen," Then. Besides, They'll see how beautiful I am And be ashamed-- I, too, am America.

8 “I, Too” Rewrite DUE (Thursday) DUE (Thursday) Directions: Using Langston Hughes’ poem “I, Too” as a muse and echoing his form and patterns, rewrite this poem in a way that is both personal and meaningful for you. Directions: Using Langston Hughes’ poem “I, Too” as a muse and echoing his form and patterns, rewrite this poem in a way that is both personal and meaningful for you.

9 Works Cited 1941, and the workshop participants were all African-American. The group dynamic of Stark's workshop proved especially effective in energizing Brooks. "Gwendolyn Brooks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb , and the workshop participants were all African-American. The group dynamic of Stark's workshop proved especially effective in energizing Brooks. "Gwendolyn Brooks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "A Blues Aesthetic." Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "A Blues Aesthetic." Iniva - Institute of International Visual Arts. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "I, Too by Langston Hughes." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets.. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "I, Too by Langston Hughes." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets.. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "Langston Hughes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "Langston Hughes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia." Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "Poet Laureate Timeline - Poetry (Library of Congress)." Library of Congress Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "Poet Laureate Timeline - Poetry (Library of Congress)." Library of Congress Home. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "THE DARKER BROTHER - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "THE DARKER BROTHER - NYTimes.com." The New York Times - Breaking News, World News & Multimedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets.. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb "We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks." PoemHunter.Com - Thousands of poems and poets.. Poetry Search Engine. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 Feb


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