WEEK 5 FORUM: HARLEM RENAISSANCE AND NEW HISTORICISM
For each part, focus on a different assigned reading from the course syllabus and quote passages to illustrate your observations.
PART I: Take a look at the Literary Timeline in Lessons. Choose any work that we have read in this class and examine some of the historical events preceding its publication according to the timeline (20 years or less). Discuss how the historical event might be seen as influencing the theme or overall message of the work you chose.
PART II: “Yet Do I Marvel” contains many classical references. Look up the meaning of one of them. Explain what that reference contributes to your understanding of the poem. How does it relate to the overall message?
PART III: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” also connects a people to a symbol that is timeless and ‘of the earth.’ This is not the first work we’ve seen that discusses rivers. Water is a symbol in many works. Discuss how it appears in Hughes’s poem and in two other works we’ve read this term; what does water seem to represent in these works?
SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: SEE FORUM RUBRIC FOR DEADLINES AND DETAILS
INITIAL POST must meet the 200-word minimum requirement. For each part, include quotes from the assigned readings with MLA in-page and bibliographical citations. Balance answers: give each part equal attention.