The Black Poets

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"The claim of The Black Poets  to being... an anthology is that it  presents the full range of Black-American poetry,  from the slave songs to the present day. It is  important that folk poetry be included because it is  the root and inspiration of later, literary  poetry. Not only does this book present the full range  of Black poetry, but it presents most poets in  depths, and in some cases presents aspects of a ...
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Overview

"The claim of The Black Poets  to being... an anthology is that it  presents the full range of Black-American poetry,  from the slave songs to the present day. It is  important that folk poetry be included because it is  the root and inspiration of later, literary  poetry. Not only does this book present the full range  of Black poetry, but it presents most poets in  depths, and in some cases presents aspects of a poet  neglected or overlooked before. Gwendolyn Brooks  is represented not only by poems on racial and  domestic themes, but is revealed as a writer of  superb love lyrics. Tuming away from White models and  retuming to their roots has freed Black poets to  create a new poetry. This book records their  progress."--from the Introduction by Dudley  Randall
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780553275636
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/1985
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 430,600
  • Product dimensions: 4.15 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted August 18, 2010

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    The Root of Poetry

    Dudley Randall captures the upmost powerful of voices of the souls of Negroes.
    My favorite is the Harlem Dancer, Claude McKay.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2006

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    I am an author and a poet and will state that this is an excellent job by Dudley Randall. The poems in this anthology flow very well. The section on the Harlem Renaissance is very pleasing know the struggles encountered and the determination of will to succeed, the poets during that era showed strength and courage and are well documented. The book is a history lesson in itself regarding poets of the past and present. There is a distinct contrasting of poets who are classified as folk and literary poets. The additional distinction between pre-renaissance and post-renaissance poets is also made in the book. Overall, the poems from poets in the anthology are outstanding and give a great blending of African-American History.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2002

    Mind Blowing History and Reality

    Includes hundreds of poems by many different black poets. A very low price for very high art.

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