Collected Black Women's Poetry: Volume 4

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Joan R. Sherman
OUP USA, Jul 28, 1988 - Literary Collections - 384 pages
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These four volumes collect the works of eleven poets writing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Volume 1 presents two collections by Mary E. Tucker Lambert--Loew's Bridge, A Broadway Idyl, a poet's-eye view of lower Manhattan just after the Civil War, and Poems--and Infelicia, a dramatic work by the notorious Adah Isaacs Menken. Volumes 2, 3, and 4 contain works by nine other poets, all of which were published between 1895 and 1910, a particularly brutal era for blacks. But, surprisingly, only one of these women (Lizelia Moorer) protests the treatment of her race during this period of social upheaval and injustice. The remaining eight poets all conformed to the ethos of most black writers of the time, "whitewashing" their art while educating and uplifting their people. Their themes are traditional--love, nature, death, Christian idealism and morality, and family--and are for the most part couched in conventional forms and language. As interesting for the themes that they address as for those that they ignore, these selections offer a unique sampling of poetic voices that, until now, have gone largely unheard.
 

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Contents

Historical Sketch of the Authoress
5
To Whittier II
11
Night
17
Slumbering Passion
23
To Youth
29
Sabbath Bells
35
Gen Robert Small
40
Eternity
46
Rt Rev Richard Allen
92
A Message
98
Solace
104
In Memoriam Frederick Douglass 7
7
Imogene 20
20
Gerarda 36
36
Charmions Lament 49
49
Captain Smith and Pocahontas 72
72

Hope Thou in God
53
Poems 1895
60
Do You Think?Music
66
A Happy HeartWhen I Would Die
72
Easter Morn
79
The New Organ
84
Belshazzars Feast 86
86
Lines to Mrs M 3 Turner 99
99
Lyrics for the Idle Hour
Autobiography and Poems n d
1
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Joan R. Sherman is at Rutgers University.

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