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Robert Hayden

Essays on the Poetry · Under Discussion

by Laurence Goldstein Editor · Robert Chrisman Editor


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This collection of essays by leading critics and poets charts Robert Hayden's growing reputation as a major writer of some of the twentieth century's most important poems on African-American themes, including the famed "Middle Passage" and "Frederick Douglass." The essays illuminate the themes and techniques that established Hayden as a modernist writer with affinities to T. S. Eliot, Federico Garcia Lorca, and W. B. Yeats, as well as to traditions of African-American writings that include such figures as Countee Cullen and Langston Hughes.

Robert Hayden: Essays on the Poetry is the first and only book to collect significant essays on this distinguished poet. Covering sixty years of commentary, book reviews, essays, and Hayden's own published materials, this volume is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the poet's vision of experience, artistry, and influence. The book includes forty different works that examine the life and poetry of Hayden, the first African-American to serve as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (the post now called Poet Laureate) and to receive the Grand Prix de la Poesie at the First World Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar, Senegal, in 1966.

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University of Michigan Press
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Laurence Goldstein (Editor)

Laurence Goldstein is Professor of English at the University of Michigan. In addition to his criticism and poetry, Goldstein is widely respected for his work as editor of the Michigan Quarterly Review from 1977–2000. His books include Writing Ann ...

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