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Analyzing American Modernist Literature: Hughes
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Read and annotate Hughes’ “Theme for English B” .
Answer the questions below in your respons e:
a) How does “Theme for English B” fit the expectations for literature of the Harlem
Renaissance? (Consider how you defined this for your Introduction assignment.)
b) How does your identity affect the way you respond to “Theme for English B”?
c) What is the “college on the hill”?
d) Look up the Harlem branch of the YMCA online. Describe the type of
accommodations that Hughes’ narrator might have experienced. Why is this important
to the poem?
e) What is Hughes’ message or theme in this poem? How does this relate to modernism
and the Harlem Renaissance in particular?
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