I have mentioned my minor obsession with modernist literature, and James Joyce falls right in line, although I always find his work difficult to digest (I don’t think I’m alone in this). However, as we know, just because literature can be difficult doesn’t mean it should be ridiculed or ignored. For today’s post, let’s take a look at Joyce’s life and a few major works!
A poem by Thomas Hardy about chance and “hap” penstance.
Oscar Wilde’s “My Voice.” A poem about relationships ending and how the memories of love are not always reciprocated.
Another writer in the long history of interesting literature stories, Phillis Wheatley was a dynamite poet and author who lived a somewhat tragic life in the American colonies.
I am a bit infatuated with the Harlem Renaissance writers for their skill and audacity. It’s really great that in the face of adversity, these writers were committing to paper some extremely influential work that was also politically-minded and creative.
Maya Angelou is an extremely well known and successful writer (even if critics slam her poetry for being “samey”), and she has also contributed a huge amount to literary history with her engaging, heart-wrenching stories and verse about the black experience.