Poetry Notes Breakdown

When was the Harlem Renaissance?
The Harlem Renaissance was after World War 1, in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Where is Harlem?
Harlem is a section of New York City.

What was one of the main reasons for the “Renaissance”?
One of the main reasons for the “Renaissance” was urban migration.

Where did black move to during the Harlem Renaissance?
The blacks moved to common neighborhoods.

There were trends toward what?
There were trends towards experimentation in literature.

What was there a rise of?
There was a rise of African American intellectuals.

What did the Harlem Renaissance transform?
The Harlem Renaissance transformed the African American identity, history, and culture.

What did many African Americans want to be called and why?
Many African Americans wanted to be called “black”, so that they could lose the connotations associated with the term “African”.

What had never so many people experience during the Harlem Renaissance?
Never had so many people read and embraced the thoughts of blacks.

What did the movement begin with?
The movement began with vaudeville shows.

What were vaudeville shows?
Vaudeville shows were black performers on stage in comedy acts, often with a white face.

What was there also?
There were also black dramas.

Who were black dramas mostly attended by?
Black dramas were mostly attended by other blacks.

What was W.E.B DuBois credited with?
W.E.B DuBois was credited with starting the movement of black becoming more serious and respected in the arts.

What did W.E.B DuBois also begin?
W.E.B DuBois also began black drama.

What did W.E.B DuBois say about black drama?
W.E.B DuBois said that black drama should be about them the black people.

What were the black drama plays about?
The black drama plays were about lynching and the underground railroad. Black life=Black theater.

What as W.E.B DuBois one of the founders for?
W.E.B DuBois was one of the founders of the NAACP.

What years did Countee Cullen live in?
Countee Cullen lived in the years from 1903-1946.

*What was Countee Cullen’s father?
Countee Cullen’s father was a methodist minister.

What did Countee Cullen’s father influence on Countee Cullen?
Countee Cullen’s father influenced Countee Cullen’s writing.

What school did Countee Cullen attend?
Countee Cullen attended NYU.

Who did Countee Cullen work with at NYU?
Countee Cullen worked with W.E.B DuBois.

Who did Countee Cullen marry?
Countee Cullen married W.E.B DuBois’ daughter.

What was the marriage of Countee Cullen and W.E.B DuBois’ daughter’s marriage considered that year?
Countee Cullen and W.E.B DuBois’ daughter’s marriage was considered the “social event of the year”.

What years did Langest Hughes live in?
Langest Hughes lived in the years form 1902-1967.

Where was Langest Hughes born?
Langest Hughes was born in Joplin, MO.

Who was Langest Hughes raised by?
Langest Hughes was raised by his grandmother.

When did Langest Hughes begin writing?
Langest Hughes began writing at an early age.

What school did Langest Hughes attend?
Langest Hughes went to Columbia College.

Who was Langest Hughes “discovered” by?
Langest Hughes was discovered by Vachell Lindsay.

Who was Vachell Lindsay?
Vachell Lindsay was a white poet.

What did Vachell Lindsay help Langest Hughes do?
Vachell Lindsay helped Langest Hughes get published.

What did Langest Hughes join?
Langest Hughes joined a crew of a ship, and traveled just to get away from formal education for a while.

What did Langest Hughes do before coming back to the U.S?
Langest Hughes lived in many places in the world before coming back to the U.S.

What character did Langest Hughes create?
Langest Hughes created the character Jesse B Simple.

What did Langest Hughes create the character Jesse B Simple for?
Langest Hughes created the character Jesse B Simple for the stage and cartoons who he used to satirize white society.

What did Langest Hughes win for his poetry?
Langest Hughes won many awards for his poetry.

What is Langest Hughes poetry considered by many?
Langest Hughes poetry is considered by many as the single most influential black poet ever.

What years did Claude Mckay live in?
Claude Mckay lied in the years from 1889-1948.

Where was Claude Mckay born?
Claude Mckay was born in Jamaica.

Who educated Claude Mckay?
Claude Mckay was educated by his brotehr.

What did Claude Mckay’s brother only have?
Claude Mckay’s brother only had American books.

What age was Claude Mckay published by?
Claude Mckay was published by the age of 20.

Where did Claude Mckay study at?
Claude Mckay studied at Tuskegee Institute, and also studied agriculture at Kansas State University.

What was Claude Mckay so unhappy with?
Claude Mckay was so unhappy with America.

After losing interest in communism what did Claude Mckay convert to?
After losing interest in communism Claude Mckay converted to Catholism.