One of the leading poets of the Harlem Renaissance. His writings centered on poor and working-class African Americans. Started writing poetry in seventh grade. Lived with his father in Mexico and became fluent in Spanish. Enrolled in Columbia university but left after one year and became a cook on a ship. He slipped some poems to Vachel Lindsay while waiting tables in D.C.
Works : Harlem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, I too.
Published his first poetry collection , Color, while and undergrad at NYU. Directly dealt with experiences specific to African Americans. Believed poetry could break down racial barriers. Said if he was going to be a poet, he would be a poet and not a negro poet.
Works: Any Human to Another
Discovered thriving literary scene in Harlem after graduating College in 1923. Most deeply inspired by Southern roots of African American Culture.
Works: A Black Man talks of reaping
Grew up in Illinois. Was once a hobo. Traveled America. Lived in Chicago. Once considered running for president. Spoke before congress about Abraham Lincoln.
Did not graduate from college. Worked Many jobs. Raised in San Francisco but associated with New England. Won Pulitzer Prize. Lost many loved ones from 1934 to 1940.
Works: Out, Out-
e. e. Cummings
Believed deeply in two things: love and human individuality. Had good relationship with parents. They got him out of prison in France during WWI. Lived in Greenwich Village and spent days painting and writing. Became enormously popular.
Works: anyone lived in a pretty how town
Wrote As I Lay Dying. From Mississippi. Wrote narratives without coherent chronological stories. Many viewpoints. Complex to read.
Works: A Rose for Emily
Born to a Mexican father and a Mexican-American mother. Came from poverty. Wrote i secret as a child because she knew her family would disapprove.
Works: Straw into Gold
The Harlem renaissance
Harlem attracted worldly and race-conscious African Americans who nurtured each others artist, musical, and literary talents and created a flowering of African American arts known as the Harlem Renaissance.
Arose as a direct response to the social and intellectual forces shaping the 20th century by responding to the loss of idealism in the wake of WWI.
Belief that poetry is most profoundly expressed through the rendering of concrete objects.
Poets let the objects they rendered speak for themselves.