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Copy of Copy of New York By Leopold Sedar Senghor

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Bhagirath Khuman

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New York Poem Overview Leopold Sedar Senghor (1906-2001) Senghor continued... By Leopold Sedar Senghor The poem is from the view point of a child from Joal, a village in Africa, who has just arrived in New York. New York City creates a baffling feeling for anybody who comes from a foreign country; or any other US city. The feeling is doubled for Senghor because he is from Paris and was born in Joal. The Village he is from was a quiet, nature-loving village and New York is crazy and bright. The author takes New York to be too much for him to accept. He thinks that on the inside, New York is just a big empty city and everything is “dehumanized.” Paris was more lively and human-like in comparison to New York; according to the author. Throughout the poem, the author talks about letting “African blood” into the vast city of New York. He feels as though this can improve the city. Born in Joal (a small coastal town in Senegal) Poet, politician, polemicist, and intellectual Classical French education- extraordinary student A passion for African proverbs and rhythms Raised in a wealthy catholic family Goal: bring dignity back to Africa in respects of culture and history He est. the black cultural journal: "Presence Africaine" Visions of negritude --> foundation of African Cultural Philosophy and aesthetics Redefine universal African identity through canons of the West Political activist supporting independence in French Colonial Africa Presidency- 3rd of the Nations budget towards arts Excerpt #1 "I was so timid at first under your blue metallic eyes, your frosty smile--So timid. And the disquiet in the depth of your skyscraper streets" Excerpt #2 "Your sulphurous light and the livid shafts (their heads dumbfounding the sky)--Skyscrapers defying cyclones on their muscles of steel and their wathered stone skins." Excerpt #3 "No child's laughter blossoms, his hand in my fresh hand--No Mother's breast. Legs in nylon. Legs and breasts with no seat and no smell. No tender word for mouths are lipless. Hard cash buys artificial hearts. No book where wisdom is read. The painter's palette flowers with crystals of coral." Excerpt #4 "Listen, New York, listen to your brazen male voice your vibrant oboe voice, the muted anguish of your tears falling in great clots of bood--Listen to the far beating of your nocturnal heart, rhythm and blood of the drum, drum and bood and drum." Excerpt #5 "See your rivers murmuring with musky caymans, manatees with eyes of mirage. There is no need to invent the mermaids." Harlem Renaissance •An Era of African American expressionism in music, art, and theater
•Cultural movement that lasted from 1920 to 1930's
Housing developers planned to build neighborhoods in the city of Harlem for white men looking to work near the city
•Struggling developers were forced to sell and lease their property to low income
•The metropolitan area was redeveloped into a more upscale area which pushed blacks out causing many of them to move to the Harlem area.
•As a result, a big wave of talented and ambitious African Americans Came to Harlem bringing their businesses, literary writings, and other workings of art Main Themes Natural vs. Superficial Country vs. City Stay in touch with your culture and past Remember where you came from Remember the hardships that brought your people together Works Cited http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0438/is_2_35/ai_94010395/ http://plato.mercyhurst.edu/english/crieger/poetsplace/senghornew/EmilyDfppage.htm http://www.jcu.edu/harlem/French_Connection/Congo_poem/ny2.htm http://www.biography.com/tv/classroom/harlem-renaissance
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