Why poetry? Why did the various artists of the New Negro era and the Harlem Renaissance turn to poetry as a major mode of expression? How does poetry allow for social, political, economic, and moral critique? Provide an example of a poem that does this critique. Explain why the author would want this critique to be published in the form of poetry?
Discuss one or more of the poets we have read. You may focus on one person individually, explaining their themes and imagery, and how they express their ideas through their poetic language choices. What are their representations of African American life?
OR you may compare/contrast two poets on their themes, images, and representations of African American life. How do they compare in how they express their ideas through poetry?