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Robert Hayden carries his experiences through his poems. Three of his poems that show these experiences are, "Middle Passage", "Homage to the Empress of the Blues." And "Those Winter Sundays." Hayden talks about what it was like first hand on a ship as a slave. He talks about how the men around him went crazy. He says," That there were hardly room 'tween-decks for half the sweltering cattle stowed spoon-fashioned there; that some went mad of thirst and tore their flesh and successful the blood." (Hayden, R. 2013/1962 p. 2372). He also talked about what it was like being on the "voyage of death". The way Hayden words his poems are powerful, it really give you a detailed mental image. "A charnel stench, effluvium of living death, spreads outwards from the hold, where the living and the dead, the horribly dying, lie interlocked, lie foul with blood and excrement." (Hayden, R. 2013/1962 p.2375). In his poem, "Homage to the empress of the Blues", he is comparing his pain and suffering to a dance. "Because Grey laths began somewhere to show from underneath torn hurdygurdy lithographs of doll faced heavens..." (Hayden, R. 2013/1962 p.2377). As for the poem, "Those Winter Sundays", he reflects on the Sunday mornings when he was younger. The poem showed what has been lost in African-American experience. The poem started out as a pleasant memory but quickly turned sour. The father worked hard for his family but felt like everyone was ungrateful. "Speaking in differently to him, who had driven out the cold and polished my good shoes as well..." (Hayden, R. 2013/1962 p. 2377.)


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Hayden, R (1962). Middle Passage. Homage to the Empress of the Blues. Those Winter Sundays. In N. Baym, W. Franklin, P.F. Gura, J. Klinkowitz, A. Krupat, R.S. Levine, M. Loeffelholz, J.C. Reeseman, & P.B. Wallace (Eds.), The Norton anthology of American literature (Shorter 8th ed.) New York, NY: Norton.



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Art Spiegelman shows how deep and delicate his work is which in all we expect from his long established novels and as well as his expanded nonfictional text in his novel “Maus”. In Spiegelman story  “Maus” he illustrates the true events throughout the story. The graphic novel “Maus” is a exceptional nonfiction work about the history on Jews. Maus is a story about a Jewish woman and man in Germany from the start of the Holocaust. Both the woman and man are trying there best to stay away from any harmful situations and to not to be seen or confronted by anyone they may know. The couple, the man and woman start to go from house to house trying to stay hidden and sheltered while still trying to find a way out. Finally one of the houses they had sheltered them told them that it was safe in Hungary, she did so by telling the couple “two people I know smuggled them into Hungary. I heard he and his boy were doing well” (Spiegelman, 1986/2013, pg. 2749). As time went on it was not what you could call a safe zone  for “Thousands-  Hundreds of Jews… So many it wasn’t even room enough to bury them all in the ovens”  (Spiegelman, 1986/2013, pg. 2749). As Spiegelman goes on with the story he does magnificent job making his novel a graphic novel with the imagery he uses. As he goes on in the story he makes you feel as if your there while the Holocaust is going on and you see the terror that is occurring.


Spiegelman, A. (1986). Maus. In N. Baym, W. Franklin, P.F. Gura, J. Klinkowitz, A. Krupat, R.S. Levine, M. Loeffelholz, J. C. Reesman, & P.B. Wallace (Eds.), The Norton anthology of American literature (Shorter 8th ed.) (pp. 2372-2377). New York, NY: Norton. (Original work published 1916).

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