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Poetry is an ideal artistic medium for expressing the fear, sorrow, and triumph of revolutionary times. Words of Protest, Words of Freedom is the first comprehensive collection of poems written during and in response to the American civil rights struggle of 1955–75. Featuring some of the most celebrated writers of the twentieth century—including Maya Angelou, Amiri Baraka, ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 9th 2012 by Duke University Press Books (first published February 29th 2012)
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Christy
Sep 17, 2012 Christy rated it liked it
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This is a teaching collection, not a poet's collection, and so it contains poetry that varies widely in level of craft. While there is some beautiful work by some of the great poets of the 20th century (Aime Cesaire, Nicholas Guillen, Gwendolyn Brooks, for example) the real impact of these works is collective. And the overpowering feeling you are left by the end with is not one of victory or advance or inspiration, those cliche ways in which we tend to remember the civil rights movement. The ...more
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The civil rights movement took place largely between 1955 and 1975, although these efforts continue today. During that time emotions were high, with fear, sorrow and triumph. The movement was revolutionary, and poetry was the ideal way to express these sentiments. Here are some of the most celebrated writers of the time, along with lesser-known poets, activists, and ordinary citizens. Some of the poems address events such as the integration of the Little Rock schools, the mu
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Karlan
Apr 28, 2012 Karlan rated it it was amazing
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The editor has found wonderful poems about different major events of the civil rights movement. The introduction to each section provides an introduction or a review of what happened in a readable style. Teachers should welcome this collection with poems by the famous poets of the era. I was pleased to see two poems by Marjorie Mir, a former New York Public librarian, along with work by Robert Lowell, W.H.Auden, Alice Walker, Derek Walcott and many others.
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“Editor Jeffrey Lamar Coleman has combined scholarship with art. There are 14 sections to the book and each is preceded by an essay as educational scaffolding for the poems. Each essay, a small exegesis of history, describes how the poems relate. It’s a masterwork of organization and strategy. Not only African American poets are represented here, the editor points out, and the 82 poets make up a roster that could fill any poetry hall of fame. Some are dead, some venerable, some unknown, but the ...more
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