Analysis Of Gwendolyn Brooks And Robert Hayden 's Poetry

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An Analysis of Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Hayden’s Poetry

Many artists are also historians, people who record first-hand experience of history, making note of important events to which many will make reference. Artist do this through music, writing, and orally through passed-down stories and legends. In the area of writing, there are many different types which display historical understanding. These categories divide into poems, prose, short stories, and long stories. The category which touches more on the personal and emotional side of historical reference is poetry. Two major poets, born about by the Harlem Renaissance which nurtured many new artists, predominately black, were Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Hayden. These two poets and writers were greatly influenced by the Harlem Renaissance, a time in which African Americans were displaying their capabilities in the department of entertainment. Their poetry captures two main ideas in that it reflects struggles faced by African Americans in that time, and expresses universal human longings. Two poems to which the focus will be geared are Gwendolyn Brooks’ “The Explorer,” and Robert Hayden’s, “Frederick Douglass.” Each of these poems recognize the subservient nature black people were forced into. These texts also display the want each person has for individuality through freedom. These poets are wonderful examples of historians through poetry, because each of these poems contains abundant information and

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