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A Poem Entitled The Day And The War, Sels by James Madison Bell
De Cunjah Man by James Edwin Campbell
Mors Et Vita by James Edwin Campbell
Ol' Doc' Hyar by James Edwin Campbell
'sciplinin' Sister Brown by James Edwin Campbell
De Black Cat Crossed His Luck by James D. Carrothers
At The Closed Gate Of Justice by James David Corrothers
An Indignation Dinner by James David Corrothers
Paul Laurence Dunbar by James David Corrothers
The Don't-care Negro by Joseph Seamon, Sr. Cotter
Dr. Booker T. Washington To The National Negro Business League by Joseph Seamon, Sr. Cotter
Frederick Douglass by Joseph Seamon, Sr. Cotter
From The Dark Tower by Countee Cullen
To John Keats, Poet, At Spring Time by Countee Cullen
Yet Do I Marvel by Countee Cullen
Aunt Chloe's Lullaby by Daniel Webster Davis
I Can Trust by Daniel Webster Davis
An Ante-bellum Sermon by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Haunted Oak by Paul Laurence Dunbar
The Poet by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Sympathy (2) by Paul Laurence Dunbar
We Wear The Mask by Paul Laurence Dunbar
When Malindy Sings by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Atlanta Exposition Ode by Mary Weston Fordham
Wordsworth by Angelina Weld Grimke
Bury Me In A Free Land by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Learning To Read by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Lines 141-199 by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
'sir, We Would See Jesus' by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
Songs For The People by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
To The Union Savers Of Cleveland by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper
They Are Coming? by Josephine Dephine Henderson Heard
Early Affection by George Moses Horton
George Moses Horton, Myself by George Moses Horton
Imploring To Be Resigned At Death by George Moses Horton
Liberty And Slavery by George Moses Horton
Troubled With The Itch, And Rubbing With Sulphur by George Moses Horton
Bound No'th Blues by James Langston Hughes
I, Too by James Langston Hughes
Jazzonia by James Langston Hughes
Mother To Son by James Langston Hughes
The Negro Speaks Of Rivers by James Langston Hughes
Lift Every Voice And Sing by James Weldon Johnson
O Black And Unknown Bards by James Weldon Johnson
The White Witch by James Weldon Johnson
The Feet Of Judas by George Marion Mcclellan
A January Dandelion by George Marion Mcclellan
A September Night by George Marion Mcclellan
Enslaved by Claude Mckay
Flame-heart by Claude Mckay
The Harlem Dancer by Claude Mckay
If We Must Die by Claude Mckay
The Tropics In New York by Claude Mckay
Robert G. Shaw by Henrietta Cordelia Ray
Verses To My Heart's-sister by Henrietta Cordelia Ray
Away To Canada by Joshua Mccarter Simpson
To The White People Of America by Joshua Mccarter Simpson
Dunbar by Anne Spencer
Letter To My Sister by Anne Spencer
White Things by Anne Spencer
The Muse's Favor by Priscilla Jane Thompson
The Muse's Favor: The Song by Priscilla Jane Thompson
Cane: Her Lips Are Copper Wire by Jean Toomer
Georgia Dusk by Jean Toomer
Wish For An Overcoat by Alfred Islay Walden
An Hymn To The Evening by Phillis Wheatley
On Being Brought From Africa To America by Phillis Wheatley
How Long? by James Monroe Whitfield
The Misanthropist by James Monroe Whitfield
Canto 1, Stanza 1 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 1, Stanza 19 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 1, Stanza 2 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 1, Stanza 20 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 1, Stanza 33 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 1, Stanza 34 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 2, Stanza 11 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 2, Stanza 7 by Albery Allson Whitman
Canto 2, Stanza 8 by Albery Allson Whitman
Not A Man And Yet A Man: Saville In Trouble by Albery Allson Whitman
Not A Man And Yet A Man: The End Of The Whole Matter by Albery Allson Whitman
Not A Man And Yet A Man: The Runaway by Albery Allson Whitman
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In the 19th century, abolitionist and African-American periodicals printed thousands of poems by black men and women on such topics as bondage and freedom, hatred and discrimination, racial identity and racial solidarity, along with dialect verse that mythologized the Southern past. Early in the 20th century, black poets celebrated race consciousness in propagandistic and protest poetry, while World War I helped engender the outpouring of African-American creativity known as the "Harlem Renaissance."
The present volume spans this wealth of material, ranging from the religious and moral verse of Phillis Wheatley Peters (ca. 1753–1784) to the 20th-century sensibilities of Langston Hughes and Countee Cullen. Also here are works by George Moses Horton, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Alberry Alston Whitman, Henrietta Cordelia Ray, Daniel Webster Davis, Mary Weston Fordham, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and many more.
Attractive and inexpensive, this carefully chosen collection offers unparalleled insight into the hearts and minds of African-Americans. It will be welcomed by students of the black experience in America and any lover of fine poetry.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Dover Thrift Edition edition (July 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486296040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486296043
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael J. Mazza HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
"African-American Poetry: An Anthology, 1773-1927," edited by Joan Sherman, is a powerful and rewarding gathering of poems. Sherman has packed a lot into just 82 pages. Many of the giant names of African-American literature are here: Phillis Wheatley, Frances E.W. Harper, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and many more. There are also poets who are perhaps less well-known, but still admirable as literary creators. As a whole, these poets write with an intriguing variety of voices: solemn, satirical, militant, etc.
Many of black America's most important and most memorable poems are in here: Wheatley's "On Being Brought from Africa to America," Dunbar's "Sympathy" (with its significant line, "I know why the caged bird sings..."), and Countee Cullen's "Yet Do I Marvel." There are poems about slavery, literacy, religion, racial uplift, folk culture, and more. It is interesting to see the juxtaposition (sometimes from the same author) between poems written in vernacular language and those written in very formal English with classical references.
The only weak aspect of the book are the author bios. They are simply too short. Some are only a single sentence long, and they don't contain much bibliographic data. I would have liked a little more for each author. Still, this is an excellent anthology whose compact size and focus make it great both for classroom use and for general reading.
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This book is simply amazing. I contains more culture than I have ever read in just one book. I definitely reccomend it to anyone.
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A must have for any library! Someone once said, "no one knows not even the heart how much the heart can hold except that of a poet". This anthology covers a period in time when most African americans were not allowed to read and write right up to or after Reconstruction. If read with passion to students they will love and connect with the past...Which is still relevant today!
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Every page has an anecdote, poem , metaphor and etc that moves my soul deeper inside of itself. the rhyme schemes that I once thought were overdone have been given new life and inspired me to revisit my old style because there is potential in all poem forms that i was unable to see due to my classes that concentrate heavily on the perceptive of the white hetero patriarchy
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Nice book, however the print is very small. If you struggle with small print-do not purchase the book. This book does provide very clear print not like some books having a fuzzy print to it. Love the poetry though.
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A valuable and practical anthology on African American poetry. Really an interesting sample of poetry related with slavery since 1773. I strongly recommended. Francisco Bernardo Regino E. Dominican Republic.
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Received in better condition then was advertised. Exactly what I needed for my class. Highly recommend for anyone needing the book for studies or others.
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The time period makes it somewhat limited. Maybe the word "reconstruction" should be somewhere in the description. Pretty good though.
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