Robert Hayden - Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 0871401592

ISBN-13: 9780871401595

Edition: 1996

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Robert Hayden was a fellow of the American Academy of Poets, a poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, and a professor of English at the University of Michigan. He received numerous awards for his poetry in his lifetime, among them to Hopwood Awards, the Grand Prize for Poetry at the First World Festival of Negro Arts, and the Russell Loines Award for distinguished poetic achievement from the National Institute of Arts and Letters. Arnold Rampersad is Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University.
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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publication date: 2/17/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Hayden's poetry is informed by, indeed haunted by, the history of the African American experience. Thus, Hayden saw history "as a long, tortuous, and often bloody process of becoming, of psychic evolution." Hayden's immersion in history began in the 1930s, when he researched African American history for the Federal Writers' Project in his native Detroit. Some of his best poems are about such black historical figures as Nat Turner, Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Harriet Tubman, and he is noted for his ability to combine the historical with the personal. Another source for Hayden's poetry was his adherence to the Baha'i faith, an Eastern religion that sees human history as evolving toward a coming world civilization. Such a universal outlook was behind Hayden's desire to be judged as "a poet among poets," not as an African American poet. This position was criticized sharply by other African Americans during the 1960s, and it cost Hayden some of his popularity. Yet from the 1960s through the 1970s, his star rose steadily until, in 1976, he was appointed Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.

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