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Part 1: Take a look at the Literary Timeline in Lessons. Choose any work
that we have read in this class and examine some of the historical events
preceding its publication, according to the timeline. Discuss how one or more
historical event that takes place no more than 20 years before the
publication of the work might be seen as influencing the theme or overall
message of the work.
Part 2: Yet Do I Marvel contains many classical references. Look up the
meaning of one of them. Explain what that reference contributes to your
understanding of the poem. How does it relate to the overall message?
Part 3: The Negro Speaks of Rivers also connects a people to a symbol
that is timeless and of the earth. This is not the first work weve seen that
discusses rivers. Water is a symbol in many works. Discuss how it appears in
Hughess poem and in two other works weve read this term; what does
water seem to represent in these works?
LESSON: The Harlem Renaissance
This week we will be looking at a small but powerful movement that spun out of the
Modernist era. You may have heard of the infamous decade, often referred to as
“The Jazz Age” or the “Roaring Twenties.” This era features Modernist fixtures like
F. Scott Fitzgerald, whose novel, The Great Gatsby, captured the hard partying,
flashy, glamorous, but morally shaky time between WWI and the Great Depression.
Like its name suggests, the Roaring 20s was roughly from 1920-1929, before the
depression came about. The Harlem Renaissance, which was embedded in the
Roaring 20s, was a flashpoint for Jazz Age African American musicians, writers, and
poets to convene, inspire, and support each other. Some famous Jazz Age artists,
novelists, and musicians include Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, and Louis
Topics covered in this lesson include: The Harlem Renaissance
-New Historicism
-Langston Hughes
-Countee Cullen
-Zora Neale Hurston
WEEK 5: Harlem Renaissance
Langston Hughes: Author Bio Langston Hughes: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Langston Hughes: Song for a Dark Girl
Countee Cullen: Author Bio
Countee Cullen: Yet Do I Marvel
Zora Neale Hurston: How It Feels to Be Colored Me
“Minstrel Man” video by Langston Hughes/ Favorite Poem Project
“Yet Do I Marvel” video by Countee Cullen/Favorite Poem Project

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