Poems about the great depression
Slam poem on the great depression
In the midst of the world’s feuds, Our country was subdued by a massive accident. Although everyone put out their hungry hand, infertility afflicted the ground. People who were so frail were thrown to their deaths. They didn’t even pause to catch their breath. Women were compelled to give up their inner lives. Instead of surgical knives, coat hangers are being used. Although several men resorted to making their own noose, which was later discovered in a closet by those they would lose. Thursday came to be regarded as a bleak day. As a somber reminder of a country’s tragic fate.
Asia bryant-wilkerson – “depression and dick appointments
Mother to Son was one of the first Langston Hughes poems I read as a child. He instantly pulled me in. When and where had he met my mother and grandmother, I wondered. My mother’s native language and American idiom differed from Hughes’ anonymous mother’s, but the song was the same. There were mothers from the Great Depression (1929–1940). Yes, even mine. In 1936, my older sister was born. It was a difficult time for most people, but it was especially difficult for minorities, emigrants, and single mothers. Hughes wrote the poem when he was twenty-one years old, so it predates the Great Depression, and he is depicting the African-American experience and a mother urging her son to persevere in the face of adversity. This poem, on the other hand, has a wonderful heroic quality to it and a timeless appeal. This is the voice of mothers across history and around the world who are dealing with difficult situations.
LANGSTON HUGHES (1902-1967), a social activist and pioneer of the Harlem Renaissance, as well as a poet, author, playwright, and columnist, was an inspiration in several respects.
Hughes was a pioneer of a new form of poetry at the time, jazz poetry, which featured jazz-like rhythms and an improvisational sound, and much of his poetry focused on social justice issues. (Jazz poetry is also regarded as fringe art.) Poetry slams and hip-hop are also based on it.)
Sabrina benaim – explaining my depression to my mother
In the hands of left-wing poets like W. H. Auden, the 1930s were a decade when poetry became more political; when modernist poetry took new directions thanks to Americans like William Carlos Williams; and when poetry became more technical, as the ‘Pylon Poets’ attest. Below, we’ve included some of the best 1930s poems, as well as some of the most illustrative examples of 1930s poetry. Poetry of the Thirties is a successful anthology of poems from the 1930s (Penguin Modern Classics).
‘The Pylons,’ by Stephen Spender. Here’s a question for you to answer. How many poems can you think of that have inspired a whole literary movement? It was also a well-known campaign. Stephen Spender’s poem “The Pylons,” whose title inspired the name of the “Pylon Poets,” a group of British poets active in the 1930s who wrote about technical modernity, comes to mind. However, ‘The Pylons,’ published in 1933, is an enigmatic poem whose legacy is more well-known than the poem itself.
‘Missing Dates,’ by William Empson. Empson (1906-84) was one of the most influential literary critics of the twentieth century, having published Seven Types of Ambiguity, a seminal study of poetry, though still in his twenties. His poetry owes a debt to metaphysical poets, especially John Donne, and there’s a wry irony and academic fondness for riddles and puzzles at work in his poems, as exemplified by ‘Missing Dates.’ Is this a poem about chances squandered? Are the ripped-out ‘dates’ a disappointed writer’s representation of his inability to compose what he wanted to write? Perhaps we should refrain from presenting any reductive interpretations of the poem and instead concentrate on its evocative imagery and masterful use of the villanelle type.
Pantoum of the great depression – donald justice
The stock market collapsed in October 1929, wiping out 40% of common stock paper prices. Politicians and business leaders, on the other hand, continued to make upbeat forecasts for the country’s economy even after the stock market crash. However, as the Depression intensified, trust faded, and many people lost their life savings. Stock on the New York Stock Exchange was worth less than a fifth of what it was at its height in 1929 by 1933. Businesses went out of business, factories shut down, and banks collapsed. Farm profits plunged by half. By 1932, one out of every four Americans had lost their jobs.
The massive discrepancy between the country’s productive potential and people’s desire to consume was at the root of the issue. During and after the war, great developments in manufacturing techniques increased industrial production beyond the buying power of American farmers and wage earners. Wealthy and middle-class investments had been pulled into frantic equity and real-estate speculation, far beyond the capabilities of sound investment. As a result, the stock market crash was just the first of many detonations in which a flimsy speculation system was leveled to the ground.