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The Harlem Renaissance Directions : Take notes in the appropriate boxes below as you read about the musicians, artists, and authors of the Harlem Renaissance. Music Swing / Jive Jelly roll. Fast beat with a speedy tempo. Was improvised. Jazz Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald. Slower beats with swing style. Blues Robert Johnson. Would repeat 2 lines and then end with a 3 rd . Art Artists William henry Johnson, Palmer Hayden. Archibald motely. Subjects To try to describe the African American experience during that time. Styles Had a colorful yet serious tone to most of the images. Literature Authors Zora Neale Hurtson, CLaude McKay, W. E. B. Du Bois, James Weldon Johnson. Styles They used jazz poetry. Subjects They all talked about the injustice in black communities.
The Harlem Renaissance Culture Analysis Answer the questions below after you have completed the table and gone through all of the materials. Music 1) What are 5 adjectives you would use to describe the songs you heard?
2) Consider the form of these songs. Do the songs have a very rigid, clear structure or do they have a more loose and fluid structure? Do they include any improvisation? Explain.
3) When jazz first became popular it was a radical style of music that broke many of the rules of classical music. In what way, then, does jazz reflect the desire of African Americans in the Harlem Renaissance to have increasing freedom and a more distinct cultural identity?
Art 1) Do these three paintings share any common characteristics or themes? Explain.
2) How do these paintings reflect freedom, hope, and other values of the Harlem Renaissance?
Literature 1) I, Too ” clearly describes the effects of racism, yet there is optimism in the speaker's tone. What details in the poem suggest a view of America as one family that will eventually realize the injustice of discrimination?
2) Do you think the prophecy in “I, Too” has in any way come true? In what ways has it not come true?

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