By John Edgar Tidwell, Steven C Tracy

ISBN-10: 0195365801

ISBN-13: 9780195365801

ISBN-10: 1441600310

ISBN-13: 9781441600318

John Edgar Tidwell and Steven C. Tracy have introduced jointly for the 1st time a book-length choice of severe and theoretical writings approximately Sterling A. Brown that recovers and reasserts his carrying on with significance for a modern viewers. Exploring new instructions within the learn of Brown's existence and paintings, After iciness comprises new and formerly released essays that sum up modern ways to Brown's multifaceted works; interviews with Brown's friends and contemporaries; an updated, annotated bibliography; and a discography of resource fabric that innovatively extends the research and educating of Brown's acclaimed poetry, particularly his Southern street, concentrating on recordings of people fabrics appropriate to the subject material, variety, and that means of person poems from his oeuvre.

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Brown talked about how he wanted to capture the nuances of black speech because language was a portal through which one could get at the philosophical insight or the worldview of black folk. His was not a fascination with “dis,” “dat,” and other orthographic representations of black dialect. He too had come to see these as stereotypic depictions. Instead, idiomatic expressions, with their pitch, point, rhythm, and wit, were, to him, the source of racial authenticity. The pursuit of language, therefore, drove him to consider the significance of culturally specific forms, such as work songs, blues, and tall tales, as well as variations on traditional ones (sonnet, ballade, hymn, villanelle, and the ballad).

But Sterling Brown was a strong man, a persevering man, a proud man. Like the heroes so important in his poetry, Brown was the laborer in the vineyard, the crafty man in the cabbage patch, the craftsman in the wilderness. The racy raconteur in the rarefied halls of academia. So, despite years of relative neglect spent in the spare room in the attic under the eaves of the hodgepodge house of American literature, he is still present, in the present, and a rare and well-done present to those with the good fortune to come across his work.

And what is more, the dialect of Dunbar and the other early Negro poets never was on land or sea as a living peasant speech; but it has had such wide currency, especially on the stage, as to have successfully deceived half the world, including the many Negroes who for one reason or another imitate it. Sterling Brown’s dialect is also local, and frankly an adaptation, but he has localized it carefully, after close observation and study, and varies it according to the brogue of the locality or the characteristic jargon of the milieu of which he is writing.

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