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African American Poets: Lives, Works, and Sources (Hardback)
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African American Poets: Lives, Works, and Sources (Hardback)

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Hardback 376 Pages / Published: 30/06/2002
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Covering 46 poets from more than two centuries of African American literary history, this biocritical dictionary is an important contribution to any reference collection. The poets are situated within their historical and literary context, and for each a brief biographical sketch is given, with information on the poet's personal history, education, influences, and accomplishments. Each entry examines the poet's work as a whole, with a discussion of selected important poems and their recurrent themes. Students and interested readers will gain a good appreciation for the stylistic features and artistic contributions made by these African American poets. For further research, each essay concludes with a list of the poet's published book-length works, anthologies where their poetry appears, and information on reference resources. This reference work is introduced with an insightful overview of the significant developments and contributions in African American poetry, from the 18th century poetry of Phillis Wheatley, through the major arts movements including the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movements of the 1960s, up to the present time. This thoughtful dictionary explores both the aesthetic and the social functions of the literary movements, as well as the individual poet's contributions to the body of poetic output. Covered here are numerous contemporary African American voices such as Maya Angelou, Yusef Komunyakaa, and Rita Dove. Alongside the names synonymous with the Harlem Renaissance, such as Gwendolyn Brooks and Langston Hughes, are lesser known poets about whom students often have trouble finding information but whose contributions are no less significant.

Publisher: ABC-CLIO
ISBN: 9780313311178
Number of pages: 376
Weight: 739 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"An addition to the still limited bibliography of African-American literature is always welcome. One that concentrates only on poetry is particularly welcome....Most libraries, except the smallest, will want to add this book to their other sources on African-American Literature."-Reference & User Services Quarterly
"The book may help expand a library's collection of volumes by African-American poets and enrich the material studied in English and black history classes."-Library Media Connection
"A comprehensive snapshot of African-American poets and poetry from the 18th century to the present....The scope and depth of this book make it extremely useful."-School Library Journal
"This book is a clear and understandable resource for students in high school and college to use to begin a research project on any of the poets....useful for school and public libraries."-Booklist
"Including representative poets from the Revolutionary period to the present day and identifying the writers' themes and artistic concerns, Pettis provides an excellent succinct and comprehensive reference for teachers and mature students of poetry."-VOYA
?The book may help expand a library's collection of volumes by African-American poets and enrich the material studied in English and black history classes.?-Library Media Connection
?A comprehensive snapshot of African-American poets and poetry from the 18th century to the present....The scope and depth of this book make it extremely useful.?-School Library Journal
?This book is a clear and understandable resource for students in high school and college to use to begin a research project on any of the poets....useful for school and public libraries.?-Booklist
?Including representative poets from the Revolutionary period to the present day and identifying the writers' themes and artistic concerns, Pettis provides an excellent succinct and comprehensive reference for teachers and mature students of poetry.?-VOYA
?An addition to the still limited bibliography of African-American literature is always welcome. One that concentrates only on poetry is particularly welcome....Most libraries, except the smallest, will want to add this book to their other sources on African-American Literature.?-Reference & User Services Quarterly

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