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Black Music, Black Poetry: Blues and Jazz's Impact on by Gordon E. Thompson

By Gordon E. Thompson

Black track, Black Poetry bargains readers a fuller appreciation of the range of ways to interpreting black American poetry. It does so by means of linking a various physique of poetry to musical genres that diversity from the spirituals to modern jazz. The poetry of accepted figures corresponding to Paul Laurence Dunbar and Langston Hughes and no more recognized poets like Harryette Mullen or the lyricist to Pharaoh Sanders, Amos Leon Thomas, is scrutinized when it comes to a musical culture contemporaneous with the life of each one poet. Black song is taken into account the most powerful illustration of black American communal cognizance; and black poetry, by way of drawing upon this sort of musical legacy, lays declare to a robust and enduring black aesthetic. The members to this quantity tackle problems with black cultural authenticity, of musical imitation, and of poetic functionality as displayed within the paintings of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Langston Hughes, Sterling Brown, Amiri Baraka, Michael Harper, Nathaniel Mackey, Jayne Cortez, Harryette Mullen, and Amos Leon Thomas. Taken jointly, those essays supply a wealthy exam of the breath of black poetry and the binds it has to the rhythms and types of black tune and the impression of black tune on black poetic practice.

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