I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans

I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans

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by Arnold Adoff, Benny Andrews
     
 

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'I Am the Darker Brother' exposes the quintessential African American, a proud, lonely, vulnerable yet independent human being who has forged out of hardship that combination of endurance, understanding, and spirit called soul. See more details below

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'I Am the Darker Brother' exposes the quintessential African American, a proud, lonely, vulnerable yet independent human being who has forged out of hardship that combination of endurance, understanding, and spirit called soul.

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Children's Literature - Sheree Van Vreede
You couldn't have a richer collection of the most prominent contemporary African-American poets. Names like Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, and Rita Dove fill its pages. Through the lyrical medium of poetry, this anthology strives to illuminate the soul of the quintessential African-American. The hardship of history and the hope for the future resound from section to section. Readers follow the poets on a journey of a collective heritage that will forever affect future generations.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5 UpCountless anthologies of African-American poetry, many with elaborate illustrations, have appeared since Adoff's I Am the Darker Brother (Macmillan, 1968) was published. It remains remarkable in its ability to present the African-American experience through poetry that speaks for itself without the distraction of artwork or the need to trumpet itself as being multicultural. This revised and updated edition has 21 new selections, representing 19 poets (9 of them women), added to the thematic sections of the original title. Now, readers can meet more contemporary writers such as Rita Dove, Maya Angelou, and Ishmael Reed as well as classic black poets like Countee Cullen, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Langston Hughes. An introduction puts the book in historical context and a foreword offers encouragement to a new generation of readers. Notes and biographies have been updated and added where appropriate and Andrews's spare but evocative line drawings still open each section. Because of the historical context of many of the poems, the book will be much in demand during Black History Month, but it should be used and treasured as part of the larger canon of literature to be enjoyed by all Americans at all times of the year. An indispensable addition to library collections.Carrie Schadle, New York Public Library

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689808692
Publisher:
Simon Pulse
Publication date:
01/01/1997
Edition description:
Revised
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
855,137
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.80(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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