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Part 1: 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 we've seen that discusses rivers. Water is a symbol in many works. Discuss how it appears in Hughes's poem and in two other works we've read this term; what does water seem to represent in these works?

Week 5 Readings

  • Langston Hughes: Author Bio
  • Langston Hughes: "The Negro Speaks of Rivers," "Mother to Son," "I, Too," and "Harlem"
  • Countee Cullen: Author Bio
  • Countee Cullen: "Yet Do I Marvel"
  • Zora Neale Hurston: Author Bio
  • Zora Neale Hurston: "Spunk"

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In the Langston Hughes’s short poem ‘Harlem’, there were historical events that inspired
the publication of one of Hughes’s most famous work. In the early 1950s, America was still
ethnically segregated where African Americans were troubled with the legacy of oppression
which fundamentally rendered them second-class citizens before the law mainly in the South.
Hence Hughes wa...

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