By Marilyn Nelson
A Coretta Scott King and Printz honor ebook now in paperback. A Wreath for Emmett until is "A relocating elegy," says The Bulletin.
In 1955 humans everywhere in the usa knew that Emmett Louis until was once a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white girl in Mississippi. The brutality of his homicide, the open-casket funeral held by means of his mom, Mamie until Mobley, and the acquittal of the boys attempted for the crime drew vast media cognizance. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose destiny helped spark the civil rights flow.
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The second allusion is to "Strange Fruit," a poem about lynching written by Lewis Allen and made famous as a song by the great blues singer Billie Holiday. Dendrochronology is the science of telling a tree's age by counting the rings in its trunk. III. In this sonnet the tree speaks, describing its long life of witnessing natural deaths and killings, and the one unnatural killing, which was so horrible that it made part of the tree die. IV. This sonnet takes us back to the human voice of the poet.
Mississippi–Juvenile poetry. 8. Lynching–Juvenile poetry. 9. Children's poetry, American. I. Lardy, Philippe. II. Title. 54-dc22 2004009205 ISBN-13: 978-0618-39752-5 Printed in Singapore TWP 10 9 8 7 6 How I Came to Write This Poem I was nine years old when Emmett Till was lynched in 1955. His name and history have been a part of most of my life. When I decided to write a poem about lynching for young people, I knew that I would write about Emmett Till. He was lynched when he was the age of the young people who might read my poem.
N. TO ARIANE. F. THE AUTHOR WOULD LIKE TO EXPRESS HER DEEP GRATITUDE TO THE J. S. GUGGENHEIM MEMORIAL FOUNDATION FOR A FELLOWSHIP, AND TO THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, WHICH FREED HER FROM A YEAR OF TEACHING SO THAT SHE COULD WRITE. Text copyright © 2005 by Marilyn Nelson Illustrations copyright © 2005 by Philippe Lardy All rights reserved. For information about permission to reproduce selections from this book, write to Permissions, Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, New York 10003.
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson