That Strong Black Man Voice

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This reminds me of our recent assignment for Writing of Poetry to speak in a voice (like ethnic) different from our usual voice. How am I supposed to do something as effective like this? I don't have the personal experience or emotion to hold an effective tone like Hughes does in "Theme for English B".

He seems to be cordial and equates himself to his white, older professor in a polite way, but at the very end it slips in: "and somewhat more free" (40). This is really forward from his underlying tone and its a distinct example of where he sets himself apart as a black man from his white teacher instead of pulling each other together because "that's American" (33).

I don't know much about Hughes or the 60s, but it surprised me that be attended Columbia University.


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