prompt 9

I’d like us to consider the power of polemical art.  (Polemic simply means any writing or speech that tackles a political or social controversy.)   Below, you’ll find some poems by Langston Hughes, one of the greatest American poets of the 20th century.  Give them a read, paying attention to their polemical nature.THEME FOR ENGLISH BBy Langston HughesThe instructor said,Go home and writea page tonight.And let that page come out of you—Then, it will be true.I wonder if it’s that simple?I am twenty-two, colored, born in Winston-Salem.I went to school there, then Durham, then hereto this college on the hill above Harlem.I am the only colored student in my class.The steps from the hill lead down into Harlemthrough a park, then I cross St. Nicholas,Eighth Avenue, Seventh, and I come to the Y,the Harlem Branch Y, where I take the elevatorup to my room, sit down, and write this page:It’s not easy to know what is true for you or meat twenty-two, my age. But I guess I’m whatI feel and see and hear, Harlem, I hear you:hear you, hear me—we two—you, me, talk on this page.(I hear New York too.) Me—who?Well, I like to eat, sleep, drink, and be in love.I like to work, read, learn, and understand life.I like a pipe for a Christmas present,or records—Bessie, bop, or Bach.I guess being colored doesn’t make me NOT likethe same things other folks like who are other races.So will my page be colored that I write?Being me, it will not be white.But it will bea part of you, instructor.You are white—yet a part of me, as I am a part of you.That’s American.Sometimes perhaps you don’t want to be a part of me.Nor do I often want to be a part of you.But we are, that’s true!As I learn from you,I guess you learn from me—although you’re older—and white—and somewhat more free.This is my page for English B.1951I, Too, Sing America by Langston HughesI, too, sing America.I am the darker brother.They send me to eat in the kitchenWhen company comes,But I laugh,And eat well,And grow strong.Tomorrow,I’ll be at the tableWhen company comes.Nobody’ll dareSay to me,”Eat in the kitchen,”Then.Besides,They’ll see how beautiful I amAnd be ashamed–I, too, am America.A Dream Deferredby Langston HughesWhat happens to a dream deferred?Does it dry uplike a raisin in the sun?Or fester like a sore–And then run?Does it stink like rotten meat?Or crust and sugar over–like a syrupy sweet?Maybe it just sagslike a heavy load.Or does it explode?For Prompt 9, I’d like you to consider a political or social issue that truly matters to you, one that you feel truly needs to be addressed.  Now, turn that issue into your own art.  Write a poem or a Spoken Word piece that addresses an issue im

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