Robert The Caterer

Robert Hayden was an artist without the recognition he deserved. He is often thrown in with names like Eliot or Hughes, yet is not widely known like they are. Many people simply chalk Hayden up to being another African American poet who is contributing to “the cause”. But what very few realize is that whether you are black, white, or green, Robert Hayden catered to all people. Yes, one of his most famous poems was a tribute to the very influential black figure Fredrick Douglas, but Hayden’s goal was to bring all people, physically alike or not, together. Often African Americans were the people being put down, which is why Hayden strived to display them as equals. And one should note the use of the word equal. Hayden was never one to say or even infer that blacks were superior. He believed in one people and one species. In Robert Hayden’s “Fredrick Douglass” he writes, “This man, this Douglass, this former slave, this Negro beaten to his knees, exiled, visioning a world where none is lonely, none hunted, alien,this man, superb in love and logic, this man shall be remembered.” (Hayden 9-11). Robert Hayden had vision of a world where all were equal. Whether you are black, white, asian, Indian, European, Spanish, or anything else, Hayden only sees people.

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One Response to Robert The Caterer

  1. bsullivan35 says:

    Great and important post. Check out this interesting version of this interesting sonnet. https://robertpinsky.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/robert-hayden-frederick-douglass/

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