Expression of the African American Experience Through Poetry During the Harlem Renaissance

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Poetry is something that affects everyone that reads it. If you find the kind that you like then you only tend to read that type, and sometimes that is all a person needs because that certain type of poetry is so connected to them. In the Harlem Renaissance era there were a lot of poets who brought African American voices into the mainstream of American society. This is the type of poetry that really touched people and pushed them to read more poetry like it. Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton and Colleen McElroy were all poets that wrote about what being an African American in the United States was like and what they had to deal with throughout their lives. None of these were happy poems. They all pointed out the realities of what they had …show more content…
Poetry is something that affects everyone that reads it. If you find the kind that you like then you only tend to read that type, and sometimes that is all a person needs because that certain type of poetry is so connected to them. In the Harlem Renaissance era there were a lot of poets who brought African American voices into the mainstream of American society. This is the type of poetry that really touched people and pushed them to read more poetry like it. Langston Hughes, Lucille Clifton and Colleen McElroy were all poets that wrote about what being an African American in the United States was like and what they had to deal with throughout their lives. None of these were happy poems. They all pointed out the realities of what they had to go through and had to continue go through because no one did anything to help them. Hughes, Clifton and McElroy were the African American voices that found their way into the American society, but every one of these poets each had different cultural heritages and this shows in their poetry. Colleen McElroy has a certain voice in her poem For My Children that helps people to realize how much has changed from her childhood to her own children’s. This poem is a way of telling people who were not African American about how they passed down what they knew from their history from generation to generation. There was no family tree or family history about where your parents or even siblings were or came from if you were African American. This
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