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The Harlem Renaissance

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on 31 January 2018

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Transcript of The Harlem Renaissance

Poem: Enslaved by Claude McKay
Poem analysis
History
The Harlem Renaissance started in the in the 1920's.It begin in the Harlem neighborhood in New York City.It happen because it was called a Negro Movement and it was created by Alain locke.It was considered a rebirth to the african americans.It is important because the name was given because of the end of the world war I and through the middle of the great depression
Claude McKay life
The Harlem Renaissance
Claude McKay was Born in Sunny Ville, Claredon Parish Jamaica in 1889. He moved to Harlem,New York, after publishing his first books of poetry. His most famous poem is called "if we must die". He went to Tuskegee University and Kansas state University
Oh when I think of my long-suffering
race
,
For weary centuries despised, oppressed,
Enslaved and lynched, denied a human
place
In the great life line of the Christian West
;
And in the Black Land disinherited,
Robbed in the ancient country of its
birth
,
My heart grows sick with hate
, becomes as lead,
For this my race that has no home on
earth.
Then from the dark depths of my soul I cry
To the avenging angel to consume
The white man's world of wonders utterly:
Let it be swallowed up in earth's vast womb,
Or upward roll as sacrificial
smoke
To liberate my people from its
yoke
!
Key:
Blue= Rhyme
Pink= Symbolism
Green= Free verse
Orange=Tone

But to me its like the author really wants revenge on the white people because of what they did.MrMcKay wrote "To the avenging angel to consume the white man's world of wonders utterly"and "to liberate my people from its yoke".The poem appealed to me that a lot of african americans went through bad things because of the white people.I knew what was going on to the African Americans back then but i never knew that much about the Harlem renaissance. The theme of this poem is whatever you been through people recognize it ion the future

Reflection

When I highlighted the figurative language in the poem I actually understood what I was highlighting.What I can improve is me focusing more on it and not getting unfocused every 5 minutes :). I don't have no concerns
To me Claude McKay wrote this poem because he was very surprised and shook of what African Americans went through. McKay wrote "Oh when I think of my long-suffering race" and "My heart grows sick with hate, becomes as lead", He said that because back then all the African Americans suffered and he started hate the things we went through. African Americans use to have a lot of things but some white people took that away from us. For ex: " And in the Black Land disinherited". Africans Americans Used to own a lot of things.
Robbed in the ancient country of its birth". African Americans back then didn't have anything to call there own because it was taken."For this my race that has no home on earth".
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