How would you describe the interaction between Lula and Clay in Dutchman? What does it suggest about the relationship between the black and white races?
Amiri Baraka considers violence as the ultimate means to bring about a black rebirth. How does violence function in Dutchman?
How is racism addressed and dealt with in Dutchman and “An Agony. As Now”?
What are the changes that the poet has experienced in “An Agony. As Now “? What is the significance of these changes?
What are the two selves presented in “An Agony. As Now”? Can they coexist? Why or why not?
Identify some of the avant-garde techniques that Baraka employs in “An Agony. As Now” and “Monk’s World.”
What is “jazzification”? Draw examples from “Monk’s World” to illustrate such elements in the poem.
What do you think Monk is “signifying” with the “black keys” in “Monk’s World”?