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Youth Speaks - Take Back the American Dream 2011 - Slam Poetry - #takeback11
Langston Hughes was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance , the flowering of black intellectual, literary, and artistic life that took place in the s in a number of American cities, particularly Harlem. A major poet, Hughes also wrote novels, short stories, essays, and plays. If white people are pleased we are glad. We know we are beautiful. And ugly too. This approach was not without its critics. And still are.
Let America be America again. Let it be the dream it used to be. Let it be the pioneer on the plain Seeking a home where he himself is free.
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In the year , American women were granted the right to vote. Following the passage of 19th amendment came the famous flappers — women flippant to social standards. Poet and author Edna St. An artistic and cultural movement that took place after WWI and into the middle of the s, the Harlem Renaissance attracted black artists of multiple genres to what was considered the mecca of New York, Harlem. By writing rhythmically engaging stanzas that parallel the rhythm of the blues, iconic Harlem Renaissance writer Langston Hughes both frames and constrains the subject of his poem through the very music he renders. In doing so, Hughes encapsulates the irony of being a black entertainer in the affluent Roaring Twenties where music is both a source of constraining labor and expression. By utilizing imagery reminiscent of his Jamaican homeland to describe a setting in NYC, McKay communicates the forlorn experience of being an immigrant through the occurrence of memory.
While the s happened now nearly one hundred years ago, the concerns of Americans then and now reflect each other. World War I shattered the romantic optimism of its generation, and while the world has sadly become accustomed to war since, Americans were once again confronted with overwhelming tragedy on September 11, The Great Gatsby , by F. Scott Fitzgerald explores his disillusioned generation, and in the process uncovers certain truths that still ring true for Americans today. The Great Gatsby poignantly creates a story of lost dreams. Juniors face many stressful decisions, but by working through Gatsby , and recognizing his ultimately empty ambitions, modern teenagers can re-evaluate the importance of wealth and materials in their own lives. The characters fail to achieve their goals, and yet the novel ends signing to the eternality of hope.
I love the music that you added to your blog! It gives students a sense of what the atmosphere would be like in the Great Gatsby. I love how you added the historical context to the book, allowing students to understand the real life atmosphere that the book is based on. Shmoop, a website made for students, not only provides a text for the poem but a summary, analysis and introduction to multiple themes. It also raises excellent study questions for the poem. It also touches on self-identity - clearly an issue for Jay Gatz. The Hollow Men is readable for high school students and while it can be seen as a depressing poem it highlights a key view of the American Dream in the 20s.