Robert Hayden (August 04, 1913 - February 25, 1980)
Born: 4th August, 1913
Died: 25th February, 1980
Nationality: American poet
Region: Detroit, Michigan, Ann Arbor
Notable works: "A Ballad of Remembrance"

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Robert Hayden, in full Robert Earl Hayden, original name Asa Bundy Sheffey, (born August 4, 1913, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.--died February 25, 1980, Ann Arbor, Michigan), African American poet whose subject matter is most often the black experience.

Hayden grew up in Detroit and attended Detroit City College (now Wayne State University; B.A., 1936). He joined the Federal Writers' Project, researching black folklore and the history of the Underground Railroad in Michigan. His first collection of poems, Heart-Shape in the Dust, was published in 1940. While a graduate student at the University of Michigan (M.A., 1944), he studied poetry with W.H. Auden. During much of his career as a Fisk University professor (1946-69) his work was not well known, but he gained a public after his A Ballad of Remembrance (1962) won a grand prize at the First World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966 in Dakar, Senegal. In 1976 he became the first African American to be appointed poetry consultant to the Library of Congress (now poet laureate consultant in poetry).

Hayden was influenced by a wide range of 20th-century poets, from W.B. Yeats to Countee Cullen. His best-known poem dealing with black history is "Middle Passage," an alternately lyric, narrative, and dramatic view of the slave trade. Hayden's Baha?i beliefs were often reflected in his poetry, which confronted the brutality of racism. While teaching at the University of Michigan (1969-80), he published the poetry collections Words in the Mourning Time (1970), including his tribute to Malcolm X; The Night-Blooming Cereus (1972), concerned with the meaning of life; Angle of Ascent: New and Selected Poems (1975); and American Journal (1980). Hayden's The Collected Prose (1984) and Collected Poems (1985, reprinted, with a new introduction, 1996) were posthumously published.

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Poetry Those Winter Sundays
Considered one of his best pieces of work, Robert Hayden's "Those Winter Sundays, " is a heartfelt and moving poem. Hayden's poem instructs from a boy's perspective of his daddy. Inside the poem it is apparent that there is a distance between the two and a definite distance of communication as well. But nearing the end of the poem we find that though ignorant from it at that time, love is in fact present. Although only a 14-lines poem, Hayden's poem packages remarkable electricity and interpretation into each range, using tone and understated symbolism to amplify the entire effect of the poem. The..
Similarities IN MY OWN Papas Waltz British Language Essay
The issue of family romance is a very important standard for the knowledge of literary works, mainly those that feature the connection between a son and his daddy. Family marriage is significant in portraying how a child uses dream to avoid his behaviour toward his parents. It suggest dad and son romantic relationship by means of poetry in disguised and discerning tips can be a successful methods to reflect the concealed and emotionally centered childhood experiences. In a number of respects, the poems "My Papa's Waltz", by Theodor Roethke and "Those Winter Sundays", by Robert Hayden fall season..
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