I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry #2020

I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry Catherine Clinton Stephen Alcorn I Too Sing America Three Centuries of African American Poetry From the first known African American poet Lucy Terry to recent poet laureate Rita Dove I TOO SING AMERICA captures the enormous talent and passion of black writers This powerful and diverse thi

  • Title: I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry
  • Author: Catherine Clinton Stephen Alcorn
  • ISBN: 9780395895993
  • Page: 322
  • Format: Hardcover
  • I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry Catherine Clinton Stephen Alcorn From the first known African American poet, Lucy Terry, to recent poet laureate Rita Dove, I, TOO, SING AMERICA captures the enormous talent and passion of black writers This powerful and diverse, this unique collection spans three centuries of poetry in America as poets bare their souls, speak their minds, trace their roots, and proclaim their dreams in the thirty six poFrom the first known African American poet, Lucy Terry, to recent poet laureate Rita Dove, I, TOO, SING AMERICA captures the enormous talent and passion of black writers This powerful and diverse, this unique collection spans three centuries of poetry in America as poets bare their souls, speak their minds, trace their roots, and proclaim their dreams in the thirty six poems compiled here The voices of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, W E B Dubois, and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others, create an energetic blend of tone and tempo, ardor and awe From lamentations to celebrations, these poems reveal the ironies of black America, juxtaposing themes of resistance and reconciliation, hope and despair Each poem is further illuminated with notes, a brief biography of the poet, and stunning visual interpretations Clinton and Alcorn have created a stirring tribute to these great poets, as well as a remarkable volume that will move any reader.
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    1. Although as with any collection, I liked some pieces than others, I appreciated all of the historical and biographical information about the authors It helped me place the poems in context, and I liked being able to conceptualize African American poetry as an evolving constant presence in the literary landscape Since this was oriented towards children, though it seemed intentionally optimistic and lacking in angry sad complex emotional African American poetry that exists.

    2. Almost 20 years old, I wish we had something like this valuable collection, with a refreshed selection and new text, instead of this year s offerings like One Last Word and Out of Wonder.

    3. Excellent survey of African American poetry, accompanied by artwork corresponding to each poem I appreciated the biography of each poet and the brief explanation of each poem s context While this is meant to be a children s collection, I found it well worth reading as an adult.

    4. From better known poets and their work Gwendolyn Brooks We Real Cool to those less commonly spoken of but equally important Phyllis Wheatley Liberty and Peace , this book paints a picture of America a history often repressed Students will enjoy the nature of the poems masked, unfree, oppressed, and in them, find many connections to being a young adult in America finding and making an identity too long ignored, finding strength and conviction, finding self Hughe s Harlem asks What happens to a dr [...]

    5. I, Too, Sing America is a collection of poems by a range of African American poets throughout American history Covering 25 essential poets such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks and Amiri Baracka Each poem is presented with a brief but rich biographical sketch that includes not only each poet s beginnings, but also their influences A wide variety of styles are covered, from straight rhyming verse to free verse beat poetry Highly recommended for all young adult poetry collections, especially i [...]

    6. This book is absolutely beautiful I love the variety of the poetry selections and the corresponding diversity of style among the illustrations The world needs books like this, where poetry and visual art complement, honor, and bring attention to one another in an enthusiastic celebration.

    7. What a beautiful pairing of poetry, artwork, and biographies of the African American poets I am definetly using this book with my Adult ESOL students in an upcoming thematic unit For public school, I think that this book is primarily for Middle School or high school students.

    8. Great collection of poetry Interesting histories included Renee J Porter is excellent to listen to, dynamic and inventive I didn t enjoy Ashley Bryan s interpretations.

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