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By Marilyn Nelson

A Coretta Scott King and Printz honor booklet now in paperback. A Wreath for Emmett until eventually is "A relocating elegy," says The Bulletin.

In 1955 humans all around the usa knew that Emmett Louis until was once a fourteen-year-old African American boy lynched for supposedly whistling at a white lady in Mississippi. The brutality of his homicide, the open-casket funeral held via his mom, Mamie until eventually Mobley, and the acquittal of the lads attempted for the crime drew vast media consciousness. In a profound and chilling poem, award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson reminds us of the boy whose destiny helped spark the civil rights move.

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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. After revisiting what I knew about lynching, reading more about it, and growing increasingly depressed, I also knew that I would write this poem as a heroic crown of sonnets.

After revisiting what I knew about lynching, reading more about it, and growing increasingly depressed, I also knew that I would write this poem as a heroic crown of sonnets. A sonnet is a fourteen-line rhyming poem in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme I chose to use in these sonnets is called Italian, or Petrarchan (after Petrarch, 1304–1374, the poet who invented it). A crown of sonnets is a sequence of interlinked sonnets in which the last line of one becomes the first line, sometimes slightly altered, of the next.

7. 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.

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