I adored your baby elephant descriptions. No BS: there are a lot of talented writers in this class, and as a writer its important to me that you have the opportunity to explore/sharpen these talents. So, please, everyone, take me up on this extra credit!
1) Listen to this song from the romantic period, and freewrite something with a romantic sensibility. It could be a brief story, a poem, observation. Just be descriptive, imaginative, and romantic!
2) Listen to this song from the Realist period, and freewrite something with a realist sensibility. It could be a brief story, a poem, observation. Just keep it hella real.
We have two iterations of America, almost 100 years apart, composed by African Americans. I would like you to closely read Claude McKays poem America(1921) several times. Then, Id like you to listen to (and watch) Childish Gambinos This Is America (2018).
Now, compare and contrast the two Americas depicted. According to McKay and Gambino, how has America changed in the last hundred years? How does it remain the same?
(make SPECIFIC references to the words and phrases in the poem, and SPECIFIC references to the video)
Now practice identifying and processing an extended metaphor, by listening to this song by Billie Holliday, a prominent artist of the Harlem Renaissance.
Assignment: What is the (morbid) comparison happening here? Provide 2-3 descriptors from this extended metaphor and explain what makes them so powerful.
Watch this brief, only-skimming-the-surface introduction to the Harlem Renaissance movement, to provide context for the poems:
Read the Harlem Renaissance (Links to an external site.) packet several times, and answer the following questions, using a minimum TWO references to the text with quotes, per answer:
1. In Mother to Son, what is the extended metaphor of the piece? What is the message of the poem conveyed by this extended metaphor?
2. In The Weary Blues, what words establish the mood? How can the final 5 lines be interpreted, as in, what is the message there?
3. In If We Must Die, what is the extended metaphor? What mood/effect does the extended metaphor help to establish?