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Homage to the Empress of the Blues


The poem “Homage to the Empress of the Blues” by Robert E. Hayden, written in 1962, is a tribute to the blues singer Bessie Smith. In his poem he treats his readers to a return engagement from this legendary singer as if she were singing the poem as a song.


LINCCWeb online catalog – Search Terms


  • Robert Hayden
  • Robert Hayden Criticism and Interpretation
  • Homage to the Empress of the Blues



Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves


  • PS3515 .A9363 Z



Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Bloom, Harold (ed.). Robert Hayden. 2005.

                        Call Number:  PS3515 .A9363 Z87 2005

  • Gates, Henry Louis.   Norton Anthology of African American Literature. 1997.

                         Call Number:  PS508 .N3 N67 1997

  • Hatcher, John.   From the Auroral Darkness: the Life and Poetry of Robert Hayden. 1984.

                         Call Number:  PS3515 .A9363 Z43 1984

  • Williams, Pontheolla T. Robert Hayden: A Critical Analysis of His Poetry. 1987.

                          Call Number:  PS3515 .A9363 Z95 1987



Reference Materials


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Call Number:  REF PN771 .C59

o   Vol. 37, pg. 155, 160

  • Poetry CriticismCall Number:  REF PN1010 .P6

o   Vol. 6, pg. 188, 196

o   Vol. 123, pg. 166, 172, 198, 202


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This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.

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