American Poets – Part 3

Continuing to observe National Poetry Month, I wanted to mention a few famous poets  and their styles and what works we have in our collection!

James Baldwin

  • He was born August 2, 1924 in New York City
  • When he was a student at Fredrick Douglass Junior High, he was influenced by Countee Cullen and served as the editor for his school’s newspaper
  • In high school, he the literary editor for the school magazine
  • At the age of 15, he skipped school one day with a friend; that day, he met Beaufort Delaney who would become his mentor
  • Because of abuse from his father, he turned to religion and became a junior Minister until he turned 17 years old and thought of Christianity to be built on false premises
  • When he was 24 years old he left the United States because of the prejudice towards African Americans and moved to Paris France
  • In 1957, he returned to the United States for a while where he reported about the events happening in the South during the Civil Rights Movement. He had been moved by a girl fighting to desegregate a school in Charlotte, North Carolina

Examples of his works in our collection

  • Jimmy’s Blues: Selected Poems DB030144

Emily Dickinson

  • She was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts
  • She was traumatized by the death of her friend and cousin, Sophia Holland; her parents had her sent to stay with relatives to recover in Boston
  • Upon returning home in good spirits, she returned to the Academy until she furthered her education at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary for 10 months before her brother came to bring her back home.
  • Benjamin Franklin Newton was a young attorney studying under Dickinson’s father and spent much time with the family; he introduced Dickinson to the writings of Williams Wordsworth and Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • While she was alive, she only had a few poems published, but after her death her sister had found over 1800 poems she wrote between 1858 and 1865.

Examples of her work in our collection

  • The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson DB056797
April marks National Poetry Month! Throughout this month we will share information about some of the varying poetry styles practiced today and a little bit about their history. The purpose of the month is to increase the awareness and appreciation of poetry, and maybe help a few people find their inner poet talent.

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