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    Strange Fruit is a poem by Abel Meeropol written in 1939 was written to inform people about racism in an obvious fashion that explains the racism at the lynching in Marion killing two boys and harming another. The two boys were Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were both African Americans who were lynched by a mob full of generally peaceful citizens who had been induced into mob mentality. Strange Fruit tells how cruel people could be when they are convinced that racism is the way to purge the land of blacks that have done wrong, Strange Fruit also talks in such a way that make people want to reimagine how they live and what they do to the Black community,there is also are strong comparisons to other ideas that people had of racism. Strange Fruit meaning is to inform people of the cruel and unjust people can be when they…

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    “Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol displays great example of acceptance. Although this poem refers to specific events that occurred several years ago, this poem captures a great feeling of acceptance since it shows how African-Americans of the past were not accepted or treated as people; which is something relevant and relatable to this day. “Strange Fruit” protests against African-American lynching during the 1930s as it was common in the South. It narrates the sadness, desperation, and sorrow…

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    “Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze / Strange fruit hangin’ from the poplar trees” (3-4). The poem “Strange Fruit” by Abel Meeropol was published in 1937. It sets a deep tone on how racism occurred back in the 1930s. Meeropol was an ordinary high school teacher who went on to teach English for seventeen years. He was also a poet and social activist. Meeropol was troubled at the racism going on in America. He was inspired to write this poem after seeing a photograph of two teenagers;…

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    “Strange Fruit” Poetry Analysis Essay “Blood on the leaves and blood on the root / Black bodies swingin’ in the Southern breeze” (Meeropol 2-3). The poem “Strange Fruit” was published in the 1930s by Abel Meeropol. Meeropol was an English teacher in Dewitt Clinton High School, a photograph of lynching motivated Meeropol for writing the poem, “Strange Fruit”. Meeropol didn’t like that racism was still persistent in America. The photograph of the lynching was a terrible and disturbing picture of…

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    In the year of 1939, singer Billie Holiday sang and recorded the song “Strange Fruit.” The song centered on racism towards the African-American Community, and the lynching of American-American men. Years later, Kanye West released a song in 2013 called “Blood on the Leaves”. West’s song sampled singer Nina Simone’s version of “Strange Fruit”. Even though both of these songs are decades apart, they both have similarities and differences and each has their own story. In the song “Strange Fruit”…

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    “Southern trees bear strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root.” this is an excerpt from the poem “Strange Fruit”. In this poem, the main point that the authors, Billie Holiday and Abel Meeropol, wrote about is the “strange fruit” which is actually a metaphor. The metaphor is comparing the fruit and slaves, and how they were hung from trees during the pre-Civil Rights times. Along with the metaphors, the literary devices that the author Billie Holiday uses in the poem “Strange…

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    Symbolism In Strange Fruit, By Billie Holiday

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    The man behind "Strange Fruit" is a man from New York City named Abel Meeropol. In The Guardian news article by Caryl Phillips He says, "Meeropol was motivated to write the poem after seeing a photograph of two black teenagers, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, who had been lynched in Marion, Indiana on August 7 1930. Their bodies were hanging limply from a tree" (Phillips 5). Harold heft says in The Jewish Daily Forward, "The poem “Bitter Fruit” was first published in the union journal The New York…

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    first heard Billie Holiday sing Strange Fruit, I was immediately saddened by her tone. It instantly gripped my attention because she started the song off referring to a “strange fruit.” This reference automatically made me listen closely to see what “fruit” she was speaking of. The next line talked about blood on the trees’ leaves and roots which instantly stirred up feeling of sadness. This song describes the lynching of African Americans in the South. I asked myself, what could a man possible…

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    Strange Fruit Analysis

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    What kinds of fruits emanated to your mind when the word ‘strange’ comes before it? In the song “Strange Fruit” the singer of the song sings about some rather strange fruit. The singer is an African American, female Jazz singer called Billie Holiday. “Strange Fruit” was released during 1939 in the time where segregation was still pretty big in the south. Lynching had been happening for a few years before the song was released. While definitely a way to dehumanize African Americans, which is…

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    Throughout various historical events, protest songs have been and continue to be used to spread a message, create awareness or motivate movement for social change. Many of these songs continue to make an impact on society years after they are released. For example, ‘Strange Fruit’ written by Abel Meeropol and sung by Billie Holiday in 1939, is a song that protests the lynching of African American’s in the southern states of the US. Lynchings in the US was the organized torture, mutilation and…

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