Week 8 Discussion WWI Poetry and Harlem Renaissance Writers and Artists
Here is a link to the First World War Digital Poetry Archive, which features different WWI poets with their biographies and original works. Use this for information on your post. Please respond to both of the following questions below.
- While the idea of the soldier-poet may seem unlikely, the devastating effects of technological warfare during WWI produced memorable poetry. Pick one poem in our text or from the link above and describe the message the soldier-poet tries to convey, citing a few lines in your post. Chose a poem not selected by another classmate.
- Of the various authors, artists, and musicians who participated in the Harlem Renaissance, identify the person whose autograph you would most want, and explain the reasons why. Provide one (1) example that illustrates the reason you selected the person that you did. Do not select someone a classmate has already chosen.
- Chapter 36 (pp. 1172-1180); review the Week 8 “Music Folder”
- Website and video at http://www.history.com/topics/harlem-renaissance
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The poem I picked is called Disabled by Wilfred Owen. The message he is trying to convey I thought was of sadness, pity, and pain from another person’s perspective. He spoke of a soldier who was dismembered during the war, reflecting on what it used to be like before losing their legs and arm. That also how the disabled are perceived by others because of how they look. One of the lines he wrote, you can feel his pain and self-pity; “In the old times, before he threw away his knees, Now he will never feel again how slim girls waists are, or how warm their subtle hands. All of them touch him like some queer disease”. Another sentence that I thought was about that person being celebrated for going away and then ostracized when they come back broken: “Esprit de corps; and hints for young recruits. And soon, he was drafted out with drums and cheers. Some cheered him home, but not as crowds cheer Goal. Only a solemn man who brought him fruits*Thanked* him, and then enquired about his soul.
If I was there back in the days of the Harlem Renaissance, I would want to get Langston Hughes autograph. I actually work at Lincoln University and he was an alumnus of our school. He graduated in 1929 alongside Thurgood Marshall who was his classmate.