Chapter 4 - The Reaction "against" Modernism: The Harlem Renaissance &
Tuesday, October 26 - Race politics and the
problem of poetic form
- Claude McKay, "The
Tropics of New York"
- Claude McKay, "If We Must Die"
- Claude McKay, "The Harlem Dancer"
McKay reads "If We Must Die"
Tolson's review of McKay with reference to "If We Must Die"
- to help with "If We Must Die," read about the
1921 Oklahoma City race riots
- paper option #9
Consider McKay's poem "If We Must Die." Write a paper stating your
position on the following
question: Does McKay's use of traditional poetic form diminish the power
of the position he takes in the poem? Explain
your position. And be sure to describe the form he uses.
- Countee Cullen, brief
- Countee Cullen, "Yet Do I Marvel"
- Countee Cullen, "Incident"
- paper option #10
Consider Cullen's poem "Incident." Write a paper stating your position on
the following question: Does
Cullen's use of traditional poetic form diminish the power of the incident
he describes in the poem? Explain your position.
And be sure to describe the stanza form he uses.
- Langston Hughes on jazz, race and writing
- Langston Hughes, "Morning After"
- audio: Langston
Hughes reads "The Negro Speaks of Rivers"
on the Dog"
- Gwendolyn Brooks, brief
- Brooks, "The Boy Died in My Alley"
- Imamu Amiri Baraka, biographical
- Baraka, "Incident"
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