Dr. Maya Angelou 1928- perez

Dr. Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928 in Missouri,She was raised in St. Louis stamp,Arkansas.  Dr. Angelou had a love for the art and won a scholarship, she studied to dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor school. She later dropped out of school at the age of fourteen. She became the first San Francisco African-American female cable car conductor.  Later she gave birth to her son Guy at the age of sixteen. In the early and mid 50’s Angelou went to Europe to study modern dancing with Martha Graham.  In 1958 she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem writers guild.  In the 1964 she met Malcom X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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poetry essay-herron

DeAnjelo Herron
Ms.Nelson
English 3 Period
February 13, 2012
      How do you think it is to be judged by the color of your skin or the way you look. Lots of people commit suicide over the simplest things.                                                                                                 

             In the poem “Ballad of the Landlord” by Langston Hughes the poet uses onomatopoeia, repetition and rhyme to create the theme of treat people the way you want to be treated 
 
            Langston Hughes poem, “The Ballad of the Landlord” describes very poignantly the pathetic living conditions of the blacks in New York’s Harlem in the 1930s.
The ballad is an imaginary conversation between a black tenant and his white landlord. The white landlord has been exploiting his black tenant for a very long time by not repairing the black tenant’s house – the roof leaks, and the steps are broken. When the black tenant insists that the white landlord should immediately repair the leaking roof and the broken stairs, he retorts that he will evict him from the house and that he will cut off the heating and throw out his furniture,
“What? You gonna get eviction orders?
You gonna cut off my heat?
You gonna take my furniture and
Throw it in the street?”
 
            In “Ballad of the Landlord,” Langston Hughes appropriates the traditional ballad form but uses it in a contemporary urban setting to relate a current and crushing social problem. This conjunction of traditional form and contemporary content lends further power to the poem’s cry for social justice. The poem contains nine ballad stanzas that, in traditional use of the form, would narrate a tale of a dramatic or romantic adventure. The story here, however, tells of protest and jail.
            “Ballad of the Landlord” was a phenomenal example of poverty. It touched points on poverty and racism. The poem showed rage and frustration, the deep emotions that tenants were feeling. It was hard for black people in poverty because they were black. “Man threatens landlord held no bail judge gives negro 90 days in county jail.”  I wonder if the tenet was white would they have this problem? The man wants better living conditions and the tenant just shuts him away. I could imagine how he felt, angry, unheard, and without power. This poem describes a confrontation between a black tenant, living probably in the ghetto of a big-city, USA, and his landlord. The tenant reminds the landlord of his maintenance problems, a leaky roof and broken steps. The landlord ignores the tenant’s problems and tells him his ten-dollar rent is due. This response angers the tenant, so he refuses to pay until the landlord fixes the house. Immediately, the landlord threatens to evict him, turn off the heat, and throw all his furniture into the street, if he doesn’t pay the rent. Feeling that one threat deserves another, the tenant also threatens the landlord with a punch to the lips to shut him up. The landlord calls the police because of the tenant’s threat. The media distorts this incident and portrays the poor tenant (and not the landlord) as the aggressor. The tenant is arrested and thrown to jail, without bail, for 90 days.    
            How do you think it is to be judged by the color of your skin or the way you look. Lots of people commit suicide over the simplest things.

Langston Hughes-Kirbyson

James Langston Hughes was born February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Missouri. His parents divorced when he was little, and his father moved to Mexico. Langston and his  brother(John mercer Langston)were raised by his grandmother until he was thirteen, when he moved to Lincoln, Illinois, to live with his mother and her husband, before the family eventually moved to Cleveland, Ohio. It was in Lincoln, Illinois, that Hughes began writing poetry. After graduation, he spent a year in Mexico and a year at Columbia  University. During these years, he held odd jobs as an assistant cook and a busboy, and traveled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman. In November 1924, he moved to Washington, D.C. Hughes’s first book of poetry, The Weary Blues. He finished his college education at Lincoln University in Pennsylvania three years later. In 1930 his first novel, Not without Laughter, won the Harmon gold medal for literature. He also wrote morning after and song for a dark girl and was followed by winning the anisfeld-wolfe award for best book on racial relations.  He died of prostate cancer on May 22,1967.                  

Bibliography

                 www.poemhunter.com                                                                         www.kansasheritage.org

Paul Laurence Dunbar-Rodriguez

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Born:June 27, 187

Died: February 9, 1906

Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African-American poet to garner national critical acclaim.  Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1872.  He wrote a lot of dialect poems, standard English poems, essays, novels and short stories before he died at the age of 33.  His work was often about the difficulties encountered by members of his race and the efforts of African-Americans to achieve equality in America.

He was praised both by the prominent literary critics of his time and his literary contemporaries.  Paul was born on June 27, 1872, to Matilda and Joshua Dunbar, both Kentucky natives.  His mother was a former slave and his father escaped from slavery and served in the 55th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment.

Matilda and Joshua had two other children before separating in 1874.  His mother also had two children from a previous marriage.  The family was poor, and after his father left, his mother supported her children by working in Dayton as a washerwoman.  One of the families she worked for was the  family of Orville and Wilbur Wright, with whom her son attended Dayton’s Central High School.

Paul’s mother inspired him to write poetry and he started at the earliest age of 6.  He was the only African-American in his class at school and while he had a difficult time finding a job because of his race he rose to great heights at school.  He also wrote for community newspapers.  He worked as an elevator operator until h established himself locally and nationally as a writer.  His first public reading was on his birthday in 1892.

After returning from England, Dunbar married Alice Ruth Moore, a young writer, teacher and proponent of racial and gender equality who had a master’s degree from Cornell University.  Dunbar took a job at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He found the work tiresome, however, and it is believed the library’s dust contributed to his worsening case of tuberculosis.  He worked there for only a year before quitting to write and recite full time.

In 1902, Dunbar and his wife separated. Depression stemming from the end of his marriage and declining health drove him to a dependence on alcohol, which further damaged his health.  He continued to write, however.  He ultimately produced 12 books of poetry, four books of short stories, a play and five novels.  His work appeared in Harper’s Weekly, the Sunday Evening Post, the Denver Post, Current Literature and a number of other magazines and journals.  He traveled to Colorado and visited his half-brother in Chicago before returning to his mother in Dayton in 1904.  He died there on Feb. 9, 1906.

www.dunbarsite.org

www.dunbarsite.org/biopld.asp

 


William Carlos Williams-O’donnell

Born: September 17,1883 Rutherford, New Jersey

Died:March 3,1963 Rutherford, New Jersey( series of strokes)

Parent(s): William George Williams_Raquel Helene(Elena)Rose( Horeb) Williams

Sibling(s):Edgar

Wife:Florence Herman

Children;William Eric and Paul

Friends:Ezra Pound, Hilda Doolittle

Childhood:William Carlos Williams was a very interesting person,his father was pure english  raised as an  Episcopalian and had a  mixed-breed mother raised of half-Basque, half- Jewish ancestry. When he was 14 years of age he went to go in europe where he attended schools in Geneva, Switzerland,and Paris.He enrolled in Horace Mann High School where he ran track. In 1901 he became ill and diagnosed with heart murmur which forced him to retire and in which he began to seriously read and write  poetry!

 career:william Carlos Williams first starts out as a  medical doctor but then became a poet later on in life (because of  ill-health) .

Paul Laurence Dunbar-Stern

Paul Laurence Dunbar

Born: June 27 1872

Died: February  9 1906

Paul Laurence Dunbar was the first African American poet to gain nation success.  He was born in Dayton Ohio in 1872. He lived a very short life he became one of the great African American poets known today.  Before his death in 1906 he had written several essays,poems,and novels. He grew up in a very poor family. His parents were Matilda Dunbar and Joshua Dunbar both natives of Kentucky.

Langston Hughes- Marquez

Born: February 1, 1902 in Joplin Missouri

Died: May 22, 1967

Life:His parents divorced when he was a small child.  Then he had moved with his grandmother.  When he was thirteen he moved back with his mom because his grandma died.  He wrote his first poem in eighth grade.  After graduation, he spent a year in Mexico and a year at Columbia University.  He worked as an assistant cook, launderer, and a busboy, and travelled to Africa and Europe working as a seaman. When he got older he moved to washington D.C. He gets inspired by music like jazz and the blues.  He returned to school in 1926 to a black Lincoln University in Pennsylvania.  A lady named Charlotte Osgood Mason directed Hughes’s literary career.  In 1930 his first novel  Not Without Laughter  won the Harmon gold medal for literature.  He published poetry in New Masses, a journal associated with the Communist Party.  In 1942, during World War II  Hughes began writing a column for the African American newspaper the Chicago Defender.  Money was a concern for Hughes throughout his life.  He work on writing the lyrics for the Broadway musical “Street Scene”.  On May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes died after having had abdominal surgery.

Bibliography:

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/83

http://www.kansasheritage.org/crossingboundaries/page6e1.html

Maya Angelou- Dunn

MAYA ANGELOU WAS BORN  APRIL 4TH 1928 IN ST.  LOUIS MISSOURI  SHE WAS RASIED IN STAMPS ARKANSAS, FOR HER LOVE FOR ARTS WON HER A SCHOLARSHIP TO SAN FRANCISCO’S  LABOR SCHOOL. AS A SIDE JOB SHE WAS THE FIRST FEMALE AFRICAN AMERICAN TO CONDUED A CABLE CAR . SOON AFTER FINSIHING HIGH SCHOOL SHE HAD A BABY BOY NAMED GUY, AS A YOUNG SINGLE MOTHER HAVING TO SUPPORT HER NEW BORN SHE HAD WORKED AS A COOK,WAITRESS, AND A CABLE CART CONDUTER . KNOWING  SHE IS HOLDING  A SPECIAL TALENT IN HER SHE HAD TO LET IT OUT SOON. IN 1954 AND 1955 SHE TOURED EUROPE WITH A FRIEND WHO WAS A PRODUCER OF THE OPERA PORGY AND BESS SHE HAD ALSO STUDIED MODREN DANCE WITH MARTHA GRAHAM AND DANCED WITH ALVIN AILEY ON A TV SHOW IN THE 1957’S   

  

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Maya Angelou

born:april 4th 1928louis , missouri

died:still living  

        When young she experienced racism.  she was san francisco first african – american female cable car conductor. In 1954 and 1955 ,r.Angelou toured europe with a production of the opera porgy and bess.as a teenager , dr.angelou’s love for the arts won her a scholarship to study dance at san francisco labor school.angelou knew martin Luther king.  martin Luther king  was assassinated on maya’s birthday.dr.angelou has received over 30 awards for her work .Dr.angelou  work still steer the world.

Langston Hughes – Panyanouvong

Lanston Hughes' Concentration

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Born: February 1, 1902

Died : May 22, 1967

Biography

Langston Hughes was born in Joplin, Missouri.  His parents were divorced and his dad moved to Mexico.  He lived with his grandmother in Lawrence, Kansas.  Although she died and he lived with his mother in Lincoln, Illinois and Cleveland , Ohio.  In Lincoln, he started writing poetry in eighth grade.

Langston Hughes lived with his grandmother until he was 13.  When she died, he lived with his mother.  His mother’s name was Carrie Langston. His father’s name was James Hughes.

He went to Columbia University in 1921.  In 1922, he graduated from Central High School.  His first autobiography was The Big Sea.  He worked at the Harlem Renaissance.  In his poems, he used the rhythm of jazz, blues and African-American.  He wrote his second volume of poetry, Fine Clothes to the Jew in 1927.  During World War II, Hughes began writing a column for the African American newspaper, the Chicago Defender.

Langston Hughes Medal was awarded in 1973 by the City College of New York.  The 1960 NAACP awards gave Langston Hughes with the Spingarn Medal.