The poem concludes on a melancholy note as the speaker gives his or her prediction for the future of America. This is a call to arms; McKay is telling his community that they are at war and that they must stand up and fight instead of lying down and letting their loved ones be killed. The book that included such revolutionary poetry is Harlem Shadows. No, they were tolerant and Christian, saying, 'We Only deplore. I noticed conflict here compared to his other poems of being so optimistic, and I almost find it hard to fit this poem in with the others that we read due to his lack of belief in democracy.
Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth, Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests my youth! The strong use of metaphor and duplicity within this poem lead the reader down an emotionally charged path. Darkly I gaze into the days ahead, And see her might and wonders there, Beneath the touch of Time's unerring hand, Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand. This assisted me in picturing a tunnel illuminated by a single light of candle, for some reason. The Harlem Renaissance was a time when African-American writers and artists expressed themselves through their writing and art. World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 had left the world in disorder and stimulated anticolonial movements throughout the third world. His poem America discusses the love-hate relationship many blacks had with America at the time.
This is the first outright evidence of the strange mixed feelings that the speaker expresses throughout the poem. The Harlem Renaissance was the foremost form of freedom for African Americans. Her vigor flows like tides into my blood, Giving me strength erect against her hate. . Antigone can be compared to this poem because although she faced the threat of the king, she continued doing what she though was right. Heather Glover composed her essay in April 2005 for a course in at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia. This bitter dichotomy of mixed emotion, which was the dominant attitude portrayed by blacks at the time, reigns supreme within this poem.
If we must die--oh, let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! Yet, McKay also says he loves America, and he points out that it is her that gives him strength to stand against her. The piece is a standard sonnet composed of three quatrains and a couplet written in iambic pentameter featuring the traditional English rhyming scheme. During the twenties, McKay developed an interest in Communism and traveled to Russia and then to France, where he met and Lewis Sinclair. That summer, newspapers in Washington D. In some ways, it is a love sonnet to the country McKay had chosen as his own, though it also discusses the darker side of American society. Darkly I gaze into the days ahead, And see her might and granite wonders there, Beneath the touch of Time's unerring hand, Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.
Whites committed hate crimes against black communities all over America, and the summer became known as the Red Summer of 1919. This was the case of one aspiring and venturous immigrant, Claude McKay. Yet while pessimism pervades through the second set of lines, one cannot help but notice the hope invoked in the last sentence with regard to priceless treasures out in the distance. The book that included suc. If We Must Die Another famous poem by Claude McKay was written a couple of years before America, during the summer of 1919. Claude McKay builds on this idea of duality in his poem. He is also concerned about the future and wondering if the future holds a greater promise than the present of past.
How do you … relate to the poem - is it emotional or factual, instructional or pleading, desperate or deadpan, etcetera. What do you take as the overall meaning? New York: Norton Company, 2008. This offers a more enjoyable experience to my reading. This leads the reader to believe that the speaker believes that American society will eventually fade away in the same way that so many great civilizations ebbed into extinction or anonymity without fanfare. He paved the way for black poets to discuss the conditions and racism that they faced in their poems. The speaker then states that America will eventually fade away under the non-stop pressure posed by the unending press of time.
However, McKay deviates from the traditional form when he essentially splits the poem into two blocks of seven lines each. Darkly I gaze into the days ahead, And see her might and granite wonders there, Beneath the touch of Time's unerring hand, Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand. McKay also wrote on a variety of subjects, from his Jamaican homeland to romantic love, with a use of passionate language. Claude McKay, the poet, was married to Eulalie Imelda Lewars. Free speech is guaranteed by the first amendment of the Constitution. Let's read the poem and then discuss it. Besides a call-to-arms during race riots, this poem can also be seen less literally as a sonnet about the need for black voices in literature.
Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state, I stand within her walls with not a shred Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer. However time is being wasted like priceless treasures sinking inthe sand. Autoplay next video Into the furnace let me go alone; Stay you without in terror of the heat. The poem also seems to follow the iambic pentameter meter thus giving it a fluid sense of rhythm. Indeed, new social forms require new forms of representation.