African American Poetry (1870-1928): A Digital Anthology


Below is a collection of poems by African American authors that highlight a dialogue with other writers, including writers from the Anglo-American Canon. Writers like Countee Cullen and William Stanley Braithwaite were particularly aware of their status as poets in a tradition, and the large number of such poems by Cullen listed below reflects his thoughtful, sometimes anguished, self-reflexivity. (See our Countee Cullen author page) 

For other poets, the attitude towards great Romantic poets and writers like Shakespeare was a little more irreverent. 

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