Jingshi Wang
Gwendolyn Bennett was a
short-story writer, columnist, journalist, illustrator, graphic artist, arts educator, teacher and administrator before and during the Harlem Renaissance time period. She was first recognized as an artist, but was later realized to be a great poet. She is very famous during the HR time period, she play important role in the HR. Since she was poet, writer, artist, she publish lots of poem and painting, "song" and "Lines Written at the Grave of Alexandre Dumas" are her masterpiece.
I_need_it.jpgThis is a painting made by herself, she is sitting front of it.
Gwendolyn B. Bennett was born July 8, 1902 in Giddings Texas to Joshua and Maime Bennett. She spent her early childhood in Wadsworth, Nevada on thePaitute Indian Reservation. Her parents taught in the Indian Service for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. In 1906, when Bennett was four years old, her family moved to 1454 T Street Northwest, Washington D.C After her graduation in 1921, she began to take art classes at Columbia University and the Pratt Institute. In her undergraduate studies, Bennett's poem "Heritage" was published in Crisis in November, 1923 and also in December of the same year, her poem Heritage was included in Opportunity, a magazine published by the National Urban League.
she fit in the Harlem Renaissance, because she use her skill to change the way people to treat black by use poem, stories and art. She use her skill to show people that black can do things that white do, so nothing is really different between white and black. At this point she is kind use her skills, such like art, poem to express herself and change things.
  • I am weaving a song of waters,Shaken from firm, brown limbs,Or heads thrown back in irreverent mirth.My song has the ush sweetnessOf moist, dark lipsWhere hymns keep companyWith old forgotten banjo songs.Abandon tells youThat I sing the heart of raceWhile sadness whispersThat I am the cry of a soul. . . .
  • A-shoutin' in de ole camp-meeting-place,A-strummin' o' de ole banjo.Singin' in de moonlight,Sobbin' in de dark.Singin', sobbin', strummin' slow . . .Singin' slow, sobbin' low.Strummin', strummin', strummin' slow . . .Words are bright buglesThat make the shining for my song,And mothers hold down babiesTo dark, warm breastsTo make my singing sad.
  • A dancing girl with swaying hipsSets mad the queen in the harlot's eye. Praying slave Jazz-band after Breaking heart To the time of laughter . . .Clinking chains and minstrelsyAre wedged fast with melody. A praying slave With a jazz-band after . . . Singin' slow, sobbin' low.Sun-baked lips will kiss the earth.Throats of bronze will burst with mirth. Sing a little faster, Sing a little faster, Sing

I feel this poem is kind sad, not much happiness in it. ”Singin', sobbin', strummin' slow . . .

Singin' slow, sobbin' low”. They are not happy, but need to pretend happy, maybe for life or something they want to achieve. I can feel there are racists around them disdain them, and ignore them in society, but they still going forward. Their life is hard, but they can’t just stop what they are doing, they get hurt every time they do it ”Praying slave Jazz-band after Breaking hear To the time of laughter . .”.
“Sing a little faster Sing a little faster, Sing!”, from here I can see they are being strong to face problem. By using sing to change what people think about them, “A praying slave with a jazz-band after . . . Singin' slow, sobbin' low.” They are very sad; It’s hard to understand how they feel, “That I am the cry of a soul. . . .”. They know who they are, but they decide to face the truth, to change it. Sing and poem are their tools to change the truth

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