poetry of the harlem renaissance

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Poetry of the Harlem Renaissance is both “traditional” and “new,” in both instances largely in connection with its use of allusion and form. Consider how allusion and/or form function in any of the poems we have read so far. Do they connect the poem to a long literary tradition or do they mark a rupture from tradition? You might choose to focus on the role of a particular allusion or form in one specific poem, or you might compare its use across several instances.

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