Amiri Baraka Poetry: American Poets Analysis - Essay

Amiri Baraka Poetry: American Poets Analysis

(Poets and Poetry in America)

Amiri Baraka’s importance as a poet rests on both the diversity of his work and the singular intensity of his Black Nationalist period. In fact, Baraka’s diversity gave his nationalist poetry a symbolic significance with personal, political, and aesthetic dimensions. Perhaps his most substantial achievement is his ability to force reconsideration of the relationship between the artist, his work, its audience, and the encompassing social context. Reconstructing his own vision of this relationship both at the beginning and at the end of the nationalist period, Baraka has increasingly stressed the necessity for an art that will alter the context and increase the real freedom of both artist and community.

During his...

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