The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry

Hardcover | September 9, 2005

EditorArnold Rampersad, Hilary Herbold

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For over two centuries, black poets have created verse that captures the sorrows, joys, and triumphs of the African-American experience. Reflecting their variety of visions and styles, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry aims to offer nothing less than a definitive literaryportrait of a people. Here are poems by writers as different as Paul Laurence Dunbar and W.E.B. Du Bois; Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes; Gwendolyn Brooks and Amiri Baraka; Rita Dove and Harryette Mullen; Yusef Komunyakaa and Nathaniel Mackey. Acclaimed as a biographer and editor, Arnold Rampersad groups thesepoems as meditations on key issues in black culture, including the idea of Africa; the South; slavery; protest and resistance; the black man, woman, and child; sexuality and love; music and religion; spirituality; death and transcendence. With their often starkly contrasting visions and styles, these poets illuminate some of the more controversial and intimate aspects of the black American experience. Poetry here is not only or mainly a vehicle of protest but also an exploration of the complex and tender subtleties of blackculture. One section offers tributes to celebrated leaders such as Sojourner Truth and Malcolm X, but many more reflect the heroism compelled by everyday black life. The variety of poetic forms and language captures the brilliant essence of English as mastered by black Americans dedicated to theart of poetry. Loving and yet also honest and unsparing, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry is for readers who treasure both poetry and the genius of black America.

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For over two centuries, black poets have created verse that captures the sorrows, joys, and triumphs of the African-American experience. Reflecting their variety of visions and styles, The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry aims to offer nothing less than a definitive literaryportrait of a people. Here are poems by writ...

Arnold Rampersad is Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities and Associate Dean for the Humanities at Stanford University. His many books include the two-volume Life of Langston Hughes; Days of Grace: A Memoir (co-authored with Arthur Ashe); and the definitive Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. Associate Editor, Hilary Her...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 6.3 × 9.29 × 1.69 inPublished:September 9, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195125630

ISBN - 13:9780195125634

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"Judicious in its selections and creative in its organization, this anthology of African American poetry is definitive yet readily accessible. This volume belongs on the shelves of any reader who considers American poetry and African American literature an important part of our artistic andcultural history. A rare treasure." --Marcellus Blount, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University