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Collected Poemsby Robert Hayden
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Robert Hayden (1913–1980), the first African-American to be appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress—a position now titled U.S. Poet Laureate—stands out among twentieth-century American poets, not just for his many literary accomplishments but also for the strong vision of faith that illuminates so much of his work. Collected in this definitive edition are well-known poems such as “Those Winter Sundays” and “The Whipping,” along with other equally moving poems including “Aunt Jemima of the Ocean Waves,” which depicts a conversation with a woman from a Coney Island sideshow, and “Belsen, Day of Liberation,” dedicated to Rosey Pool, the Dutch teacher of Anne Frank and the first translator of her famous diary.
“Hayden was a remembrancer, a poet of faith and superb execution, and one of the best teachers by example one can find in the poetry of the twentieth century, or in any age.”—Michael S. Harper
An exquisite body of work celebrating the centennial of one of the most important African-American poets of the twentieth century.
Robert Hayden was one of the most important American poets of the twentieth century. He left behind an exquisite body of work, collected in this definitive edition, including , , , , and , which was nominated for a National Book Award. Also included is an introduction by American poet Reginald Dwayne Betts, as well as an afterword by Arnold Rampersad that provides a critical and historical context. In Hayden's work the actualities of history and culture became the launching places for flights of imagination and intelligence. His voice--characterized by musical diction and an exquisite feeling for the formality of pattern--is a seminal one in American life and literature.
About the Author
Arnold Rampersad (Ph.D. Harvard) is the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in the Humanities, Emeritus, at Stanford University. He is co-editor (with Deborah E. McDowell) of Slavery and the Literary Imagination, and editor of the definitive Collected Poems of Langston Hughes. He is the author of the two-volume biography The Life of Langston Hughes, Jackie Robinson: A Biography, and co-author (with Arthur Ashe) of Days of Grace: A Memoir. He is also editor of “The Harlem Renaissance.”
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