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  1. Yusef Komunyakaa A poet of war, struggle, and remembrance…

  2. Intro

  3. Intro

  4. Early Life • Born April 29, 1947, in Bogalusa, Louisiana • Originally James Willie Brown Jr. • Raised during the beginning of the Civil Rights movement • Father was abusive • Musical influence

  5. Military Life • In 1965, after he graduated from Bogalusa’s Central High School, he enlisted in the US Army for a tour of duty in Vietnam • Started writing in the military • Managing editor of the Southern Cross military newspaper. • Earned a Bronze Star

  6. After Vietnam • Started writing poetry in 1973 • In 1975, he received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado • In1977, his first book of poems was published, Dedications & Other Darkhorses. • In 1988, he published Dien Cai Dau, which has been praised by many poets as the best writing about the Vietnam War. • To this day, he has published many other books of poems and has been viewed as one of the best writers about the Vietnam War. • He has received many awards, such as the Wallace Stevens Award in 2011.

  7. Hey Guys I used these sources for my slides didn’t know if we cited them • http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/107 Wallace Stevens Award • http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/22yusefKomunyakaa on Poets. Org • http://www.ibiblio.org/ipa/poems/komunyakaa/biography.phpYusef Bio on ibiblio. Org • http://www.ibiblio.org/ipa/komunyakaa.phpYusef poems on iBiblio • We need both iBiblio sources, they are different and we used both of them. We also need the websites for the poems we used. We need the exact websites • http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/yusef-komunyakaa

  8. Style: Structure One Stanza First Person POV Flowing Passages Punctuating Passages Repetition

  9. Style: Themes

  10. Style: Tone and Mood

  11. Style: Literary Devises

  12. Literary Criticism • “Mr. Komunyakaa . . . is more the dreamy intellectual”-New York Times, • “A Wordsworthian type whose worldly, philosophic mind might be stirred by something as homely and personal as a walk in a field of daffodils.“- Bruce Weber

  13. Literary Criticism • "His poems, many of which are built on fiercely autobiographical details—about his stint in Vietnam, about his childhood—deal with the stains that experience leaves on a life, and they are often achingly suggestive without resolution." –New York Times • “Komunyakaa crafts a ‘neon vernacular.’”-Robyn Selman

  14. LiteraryCriticism • "Komunyakaa's Vietnam poems rank with the best on that subject. He focuses on the mental horrors of war—the anguish shared by the soldiers, those left at home to keep watch, and other observers, participants, objectors, who are all part of the 'psychological terrain.'“- Kirkland C .Jones • "Though his tersely-phrased chronicles, like documentary photographs, give us the illusion that we are facing unmediated reality, they rely on a predictable though powerful set of literary conventions.“-Koestenbaum