Table of contents for African-American poets : Phillis Wheatley through Melvin B. Tolson / edited and with an introduction by Harold Bloom.

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Editor's Note  vii
Introduction   1
    Harold Bloom

African-American Poetry
The Preacherly Text: African American
    Poetry and Vernacular Performance     7
    Marcellus Blount
D.H. Lawrence and Black Writers     29
    Leo Hamalian

Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)
Introduction to The Poems of Phillis Wheatley  47
    Julian D. Mason, Jr
A Slave's Subtle War: Phillis Wheatley's
    Use of Biblical Myth and Symbol    69
    Sondra O'Neale

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (1825-1911)
"Let Me Make the Songs for the People":
    A Study of Frances Watkins Harper's Poetry   95
    Patricia Liggins Hill

Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906)
Paul Dunbar and the Mask of Dialect    113
    John Keeling
Paul Laurence Dunbar: Master Player in a Fixed Game    129
    Ralph Story
James WeldonJohnson (1871-1938)
A Weapon of My Song: The Poetry
    of James Weldon Johnson      153
    Richard A. Long


Claude McKay (1890-1948)
Claude McKay's Romanticism      165
    Geta J. LeSeur

Jean Toomer (1894-1967)
The Whitman Legacy and the Harlem Renaissance     177
    George B. Hutchinson
Sterling A. Brown (1901-1989)
The New Negro Poet and the Nachal
    Man: Sterling Brown's Folk Odyssey   193
    John S. Wright

Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
Jazz, Realism, and the Modernist Lyric:
    The Poetry of Langston Hughes     205
    Anita Patterson

Countee Cullen (1903-1946)
"The Singing Man Who Must be Reckoned
    With": Private Desire and Public Responsibility
    in the Poetry of Countee Cullen   237
    Peter Powers
Dual Reality: Echoes of Blake's Tiger
    in Cullen's Heritage   265
    Ronald E. Sheasby
Melvin Beaunorus Tolson (1898-1966)
Evolution of Style in the Poetry of Melvin B. Tolson  273
    Mariann B. Russell
A Hamlet Rives Us: The Sonnets of Melvin B. Tolson  291
    Gary Smith

Works by the Poets      305

Works about the Poets      307

Biographical Notes     311

Contributors     319

Acknowledgments       323

Index      325


Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication: American poetry African American authors History and criticism, African Americans in literature