Paul Hunter The picture of Hard Rock as a kind of hero to other prison inmates is established early in the poem through a retelling of the legends circulated about him; the straightforward chronology of the poem sets up the mystery of how he will react after his "treatment" in the hospital.
Although he dropped out of school at age sixteen as soon as he was old enough to join the armyhis education in the uses and joys of language continued as he explored the world of juke joints, pool halls, and underground poker games.
He began to master the art of the toast, a form of long, improvised, humorous poetry that dates back to the 19th century and has its roots in African storytelling.
From toKnight served in the U. Army in Korea and returned with a shrapnel wound that caused him to fall deeper into a drug addiction that had begun during his service.
Inhe was arrested for robbery and sentenced to eight years in the Indiana State Prison. During this time he began writing poetry, and he corresponded with and received visits from such established African American literary figures as Dudley Randall and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Dudley Randall's Broadside Press published Poems from PrisonKnight's first book, one year before he was released from prison. The book was a success, and Knight soon joined such poets as Amiri BarakaHaki Madhubutiand Sonia Sanchez to whom he was once married in what came to be called the Black Arts Movement.
This movement, according to the poet and critic Larry Neal, was "radically opposed to any concept of the artist that alienates him from his community.
Black Arts is the aesthetic and spiritual sister of the Black Power concept. As such, it envisions art that speaks directly to the needs and aspirations of Black America. Knight's books and oral performances drew both popular and critical acclaim, and he received honors from such institutions as the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Society of America.
In he earned a bachelor's degree in American poetry and criminal justice from Martin Center University in Indianapolis. Etheridge Knight died in This is a timeline of heavy metal and hard rock, from its beginning in the early s to the present time.
Etheridge Knight - Poet - Born in , Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane. Etheridge Knight. Hard Rock / was / "known not to take no shit From nobody," and he had the scars to prove it: Split purple lips, lumbed ears, welts above His yellow eyes, and one long scar that cut Across his temple and.
An example is his poem "Hard Rock Returns to Prison From The Hospital for the Criminal Insane": Robert Bly’s critical assessment of the poem is quite accurate.
He maintains that the iambic meter in the poem is incompatible with Knight’s private power.
Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane d a hole in his head," "handcuffed and chained," "the jewel of a myth," and "barked in his face," paint vivid images in .
In "Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane," what does Hard Rock represent to the speakers? CORRECT ANSWER: All they could not do The past. Hard Rock Returns to Prison from the Hospital for the Criminal Insane 1 2 3 4 5 Hard Rock is a African American man who was known as a strong, grumpy, fierce-looking individual Everyone is convinced by the rumors about Hard Rock.
The people can't wait for him to be free from prison to see how he will act.