Giving New Validity to Old Forms
This introduction to Langston Hughes and Martin Luther King provides brief biographies of each man as well as an overview of their personal and professional intersections. The central focus on the relationship between each of these men’s dreams is set in context against King’s own philosophy on originality being defined not as creating something entirely new but rather as “giving new validity to old forms.” Building on the work of King scholars such as Lewis Baldwin, Richard Lischer, and Keith Miller, King’s persona as a poet is established as his poetic sensibilities are pinpointed in his personal writings and distinct choices in delivery. The book’s critical framework of biographical, textual, cultural, intertextual, and rhetorical approaches is followed by chapter previews that chart the trajectory of the book itself.
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