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James Baldwin

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    English people underwent a long and tedious process of transition,—a blending, in a certain sense, with the Latinized and more polished tongue of their conquerors,—and that the result was the language which we now call English and are proud to claim as our own; that it was about three hundred years after the Norman Conquest, namely, in 1362, that this new tongue was officially recognized and authorized to be used in the courts at law throughout the land; and that about the same time Geoffrey Chaucer composed and wrote his first poems. We should learn, moreover, that, during the transition period mentioned above, there were many attempts at writing poetry, resulting in the production of tedious metrical romances (chiefly translated from the French) and interminable rhyming chronicles, pleasing, of course, to the people of that time,
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    the composers of these metrical romances and chronicles, although giving free rein to the imagination, were utterly destitute of poetic fancy and hence produced no true poetry; that, nevertheless, some writer was now and then inspired by a flash of real poetic fire, producing a few lines of remarkable freshness and beauty,—little lyrics shining forth like gems in the great mass of verbiage and rubbish and foretelling the glorious possibilities which were to be realized in the future.
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    Chaucer's best poetry, as well as that of the poets who followed him in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, was distinguished by its truthfulness to nature, by its expression in hearty and harmonious words of the finer emotions of the soul, and by the freedom and elasticity of its versification. We should learn that in the seventeenth century this style of poetry—sometimes called the romantic—was succeeded by another and very different fashion in poetic composition, introduced into England in imitation of continental and classical models: that this new style of versification—ignoring nature and making everything subservient to art—was purely artificial, characterized by "an oratorical pomp, a classical correctness, a theatrical dressing, abundance of moralizing";
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    Something women have dreamed up. But I can’t say that – what men have “dreamed up” is all there is, the world they’ve dreamed up is the world
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    then he despised her and it was very painful for him to despise a coloured girl, it increased his self-contempt
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    For several years it had been his fancy that he belonged in those dark streets uptown precisely because the history written in the colour of his skin contested his right to be there. He enjoyed this, his right to be being everywhere contested
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    Everything was fine and I was so happy until you said that. You think I’m nothing but a whore. That’s the only reason you want to see me.’ The tears dripped down her face. ‘All you white bastards are the same.’
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    what he, or they before him, had meant to her; and he wondered if her lover, or lovers, had been white or black. What difference does it make? he asked himself. What difference does any of it make? One or more, white or black –
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    And yet there was something absolutely humiliating in his position; he felt it very sharply and sadly, and he knew that LeRoy felt it, too. Eric did not know, or perhaps he did not want to know, that he made LeRoy’s life more difficult and increased the danger in which LeRoy walked – for LeRoy was considered ‘bad,’ as lacking, that is, in respect for white people
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    ‘I don’t give a damn about those people,’ Eric said – but he knew that he was lying and he knew that LeRoy knew it, too –‘those people don’t mean a thing to me.’
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