Al Young Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Al Young Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Al Young’s poetry originates in visual and aural memories and in musical forms that are then developed through suitable language and prosody. The music that inspires his poetry includes rhythm and blues and jazz, and he makes effective use of various American dialects. The metaphor of dancing unites the visual images and musical forms, and suggests both the formality and the spontaneity of design in his poetry.

Young also writes about family relationships and does so with insight, humor, and affection. His fictional characters and poetic personas often center their identities in their family life, which enables them, somehow, to cope with the meanness and injustice of contemporary urban American society. The family...

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