Essay on Pundi

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Countee Cullen * May 30, 1903 – January 9, 1946 * American poet * Leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance * In 1923, he won second prize in the Witter Bynner undergraduate poetry contest, which was sponsored by the Poetry Society of America, with a poem entitled ‘The Ballad of the Brown Girl’ * By 1929 Cullen had published four volumes of poetry. The title poem of ‘The Black Christ and Other Poems’ (1929) was criticized for the use of Christian religious imagery - Cullen compared the lynching of a black man to the crucifixion of Jesus. * It was rumoured that he was in a relationship with Harold Jackson.
I chose these two poems as it really illustrates the suffering that black people suffered in America during
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Her mother pawned her wedding ring
To lay her out in white;
She'd be so proud she'd dance and sing to see herself tonight.
A Brown Girl Dead
With two white roses on her breasts,
White candles at head and feet,
Dark Madonna of the grave she rests;
Lord Death has found her sweet.
Her mother pawned her wedding ring
To lay her out in white;
She'd be so proud she'd dance and sing to see herself tonight.

Aaron Douglas * May 26, 1899 – February 3, 1979 * African-American painter * Major figure in the Harlem Renaissance * Douglas was heavily influenced by the African culture he painted for. * He was considered the "Father of African American arts." That title led him to say," Do not call me the Father of African American Arts, for I am just a son of Africa, and paint for what inspires me." * Douglas’s engagement with African and Egyptian design brought him to the attention of W. E. B. Du Bois and Dr Locke, who were pressing for young African American artists to express their African heritage and African American folk culture in their art. * I chose these two pieces of work by Douglas as they really illustrate the bright, bubbliness that was the Renaissance, in terms of blacks gaining more influence in the cultural aspect of American society. The light rays coming from the instruments suggest that this is how they will gain their

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