B. Dubois And The Cadences Of Langston Hughes At The Height Of The Harlem Renaissance

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1) We move from the academic observations of Dr. W.E.B. DuBois and the cadences of Langston Hughes at the height of the Harlem Renaissance (1920-1937) to the time of the Civil Rights Movement (1954-1968) and the much more direct voice of Alice Walker. This poem, "Once," was published in 1968. Make some observations on this poem. Contrast it with the tones and styles of the two authors above, and talk about the differences. How do you respond to this? Discuss. This poem is hard to read at first because it jumps around from one mini story to the next. Once you know that’s what’s happening, it’s easier to understand. It’s sad how much people went through during this time because their skin was a different color. She is very blunt in the way she is writing her poems, and she uses very vulgar language at times. She only uses it when it’s necessary and dramatic, though. This is similar to Hughes and Dubois because they aren’t afraid to say what they are thinking or believe. She puts herself into the poem by saying “I remember”, “I see”, and “I know”. It’s powerful because she is giving us a more first hand look into what she went through. She is saying that her experiences are real and true.
2) In 1983, Alice Walker 's novel The Color Purple won both the National Book award and the Pulitzer Prize. The book explores some of the darker realities of growing up poor and female and black in a chaotic and unstable society. Discuss how this short poem, over a decade earlier, touches…

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