Anthology of poems.
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||Includes bibliographical references (pages 1021-1048) and index.
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||ONE: BURY ME IN A FREE LAND 1770-1899. On imagination ; On Recollection ; On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield. 1770 ; To S. M. a young African Painter, on seeing his Works ; To His Excellency General Washington / Phillis Wheatley -- An Address to Miss Phillis Wheatly, Ethiopian Poetess, in Boston / Jupiter Hammon -- [Bars Fight] / Lucy Terry -- A Mathematical Problem in Verse / Benjamin Banneker -- To Eliza ; Slave's Complaint ; On hearing of the intention of a gentleman to purchase the Poet's freedom ; Division of an estate ; Art of a Poet ; George Moses Horton, Myself / George Moses Horton -- An Appeal to Woman ; Grave of the Slave / Sarah Louisa Forten -- Concatination [Selected Pottery Verses, 1834-1862] / David Drake -- Natives of America ; Reflections / Ann Plato -- Armand Lanusse: Epigram ; Camille Thierry Ideas ; Pierre Dalcour: Verse Written in the Album of Mademoiselle _____ ; Victor-Ernest Rillieux: Love and Devotion / Les Cenelles -- America ; To Cinque / James M. Whitfield -- Hope and Confidence / Charles L. Reason -- A Life-Day / George B. Vashon -- Emigrant / Benjamin Clark -- Song for the First of August / James Madison Bell -- A June Song ; A Parting Hymn ; In the earnest path of duty / Charlotte Forten Grimké -- Toussaint L'Ouverture ; Self-Mastery / Henrietta Cordelia Ray -- from The Rape of Florida ; A Question / Albery A. Whitman -- Slave Mother ; Bury Me in a Free Land ; Learning to Read ; A Double Standard ; Songs for the People / Frances Ellen Watkins Harper.
||Across a turbulent history, Black poets created a rich and multifaceted tradition that has been both a reckoning with American realities and an imaginative response to them. One of the great American art forms, African American poetry encompasses many kinds of verse: formal, experimental, vernacular, lyric, and protest. The anthology opens with moving testaments to the power of poetry as a means of self-assertion, as enslaved people voice their passionate resistance to slavery. This volume captures the power and beauty of this diverse tradition and its challenge to American poetry and culture. The volume also features biographies of each poet and notes that illuminate cultural references and allusions to historical events.--