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  • Gwendolyn Brooks - 1,513 words
    Gwendolyn Brooks On June 7, 1917, Keziah Corine Wims and David Anderson Brooks gave birth to one of the most gifted African-American poets of the 20th century. They named her Gwendolyn Brooks. Although she was born in Topeka, Kansas, Brooks grew up in Chicago where her mother worked as a schoolteacher and her father worked as a janitor. He quit going to school for financial reasons and while quitting went away his dream of becoming a doctor. David Brooks was still a proud man. Being a janitor wasnt, and still isnt considered a highly skilled job, but Brooks was still proud of her fathers self-sacrifice. Brooks wrote a poem directly titled In Honor of David Anderson Brooks, My Father. In this ...
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  • Harlem Renaissance - 701 words
    Harlem Renaissance The Harlem Renaissance Period (1919-1940) included many outstanding features and writers which made for a wonderful cache of literary works by African American writers. There was an unprecidented variety and scope of publications by African Americans which brought about a new sense of purpose, confidence, and achievement unusual to many black artists due to thier troubled history. This led to thier irresistable impulse to create boldly expressive art of high quality. The 1920's saw the first significant amount of publishing of works by black artists since the turn of the century. Migration to the north seemed a necessity due to the more and more intolerable hiring conditio ...
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  • Jacob Lawrence - 393 words
    Jacob Lawrence Jacob Lawrence is among the most distinguished and accomplished artists of the twentieth-century. His artwork is in every major public collection of twentieth century American art and has been the subject of three nationally touring retrospectives, organized by the American Federation of Arts (1960), Whitney Museum of American Art (1974), and Seattle Art Museum (1986). During his sixty-five year career, he received numerous awards and honors including the National Medal of Arts from President George Bush, the NAACP's prestigious Spingarn Medal, three Julius Rosenwald Fund Fellowships, and more than two dozen honorary degrees. He was also a member of the American Academy of Art ...
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  • Maud Martha - 1,107 words
    Maud Martha Maud Martha Gwendolyn Brooks was a black poet from Kansas who wrote in the early twentieth century. She was the first black woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize. Her writings deal mostly with the black experience growing up in inner Chicago. This is the case with one of her more famous works, Maud Martha. Maud Martha is a story that illustrates the many issues that a young black girl faces while growing up in a white, male driven society. One aspect of Martha that is strongly emphasized on the book is her low self-image and lack of self-esteem. Martha feels that she is inferior for several reasons, but it is mainly the social pressures that she faces and her own blackness that con ...
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  • Phillis Wheatley, One Of America's Most Profound Writers, Has Contributed Greatly To American Literature, Not Only As A Wr - 1,647 words
    Phillis Wheatley, one of America's most profound writers, has contributed greatly to American literature, not only as a writer, but as an African American woman, who has influenced many African Americans by enriching their knowledge of and exposure to their Negro heritage and Negro literature. As one of America's most renown writers, Wheatley, said to be the mother of African American Literature, is best known for her sympathetic portrayals of African American thought. Wheatley's literary contributions are vast in nature and distinguish her apart from most writers of her era. Her writings have helped in the molding of the African American tradition and are favored by people of all ethnic bac ...
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  • Sound In Poetry - 1,048 words
    Sound In Poetry Poems usually begin with words or phrase which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning, and the movement and phrasing of a poem. Every poem has a texture of sound, which is at least as important as the meaning behind the poem. Rhythm, being the regular recurrence of sound, is at the heart of all natural phenomena: the beating of a heart, the lapping of waves against the shore, the croaking of frogs on a summers night, the whisper of wheat swaying in the wind. Rhythm and sound and arrangement the formal properties of wordsallow the poet to get beyond, or beneath the surface of a poem. Both Gwendolyn Brooks Sadie and Maud (799) and Anne Bradstreets To My Dear and ...
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  • The Feminization Of Poverty - 1,799 words
    The Feminization Of Poverty The Origins of the Feminization of Poverty The United Nations Development Fund for Women reports that women are still the poorest of the worlds poor, representing 70% of the 1.3 billion people who live in absolute poverty. They also estimate that nearly 900 million women in the world have incomes of less than $1 a day. In the United States alone, women are about 50 percent more likely to be poor than men. The feminization of poverty in America has steadily increased since the 1950s. Researchers have investigated the reasons for this increase, citing everything from teenage pregnancy to the rise in deadbeat dads. Over the last thirty-five years there have been seve ...
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  • The Importance Of Being Earnest - 277 words
    The Importance Of Being Earnest The Importance of Being Earnest focuses on the elite, and while making fun of their absurdities and excesses, it also revels in their witty banter and rambunctious lives. Wilde was undoubtedly an astute social critic, but it is his wit that sets him apart. One of the ways Wilde's wit manifests itself is in puns. Running throughout the entire play is the double meaning behind the word earnest, which functions both as a male name and as an adjective describing seriousness. The plays twists and turns around this theme, its characters lying in order to be Ernest, and then discovering that because of a number of remarkable circumstances they had not in fact been ly ...
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  • The Use Of The Word Cold In The Film Beckett - 941 words
    The Use Of The Word Cold In The Film Beckett How cold it was when we last met. This is one of the many examples of how King Henry II portrays his spiritual emptiness in the classic film Beckett. In all great works of literature writers utilize images and symbols to display important themes. In this distinguished film, the word cold is used to exemplify the portrayal of a devoted friendship between two men; nonetheless, the two lack both love and conscience for any human. Throughout the film, King Henry II persisted to remain a passionless person with an empty soul. On the other hand, his best friend, Thomas Beckett experiences a sudden transformation, when he is appointed Archbishop of Cante ...
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  • Writers Of The Harlem Renaissance - 1,160 words
    ... re of the Harlem writers, and black nationalism swept the Harlem culture. Magazines such as Opportunity and The Crisis endorsed black political forums and addressed voting issues in the African American community. Religion was also a theme in writings of the time, due to the fact that many writers came from devout religious backgrounds. Countee Cullen's work, as in "Yet I Do Marvel," often questions whether or not God is "good, well-meaning, kind" (Cullen 267). James Weldon Johnson also treats religious themes in God's Trombones, where he explores the preaching of southern black preachers. Lastly, feminism found its way into the writings of the Harlem Renaissance, as female writers such ...
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