Interpretation of Black Culture by Maya Angelou Through Music Poetry

Juan DU


African American music covers wide ranges of music and musical genres largely developed by African Americans. Negro spirituals, ragtime, jazz, rhythm and blues, doo-wop, rock and roll, soul, funk, and disco constitute the principal modern genres of it. Maya Angelou successfully applies to different styles of music in her poetry. With work songs, spirituals, souls, funk, jazz and blues, her poetry reveals African Americans’ withstanding hardships and expressing frustration as well as personal love and concerns. Through the analysis of the themes and the effect of the application of music merged with of her poems, the paper attempts to reveal the interpretation of black culture in Angelou’s poetry.


Interpretation; African American; Music; Poetry

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