Countee cullen (1903-1946) – he was a very popular poet during the harlem renaissance – he was very eurocentric (copied traditional styles) in his poetry – he was both gay and a devout christian (his poems are often about two seemingly contradictory things) “yet do i marvel” – countee cullen. His poetry throbs with anger as in “incident” when he recalls his personal response to being called “nigger” on a baltimore bus, or in the selection “yet do i marvel,” in which cullen identifies what he regards as god's most astonishing miscue that he could “make a poet black, and bid him sing” in addition to his own. He would also attend harvard university and get his masters cullen's poetic structure and diction reflect some of the works done by early african american poets like claude mckay he also created his own style of poetic structures like what can be seen in the poem “yet do i marvel” cullen wrote his poems in mostly. Yet do i marvel by thomas j sienkewicz published in masterplots ii: poetry, salem press (1992), 1455-1459 author: countee cullen (countee leroy porter punishments of tantalus and sisyphus or the death of human beings and decides that only god has a satisfactory explanation for these worldly imperfections. The poetry of countee cullen yet do i marvel i doubt not god is good, well- meaning, kind, and did he stoop to quibble could tell why the little buried mole continues blind, why flesh that mirrors him must someday die, make plain the reason tortured tantalus is baited by the fickle fruit, declare. Serious white critics ignored him, less serious ones compared his poetry to cassius clay doggerel, ands most black critics only grudgingly admired him some, like james baldwin, were downright malicious about his poetic achievement but long after baldwin and the rest of us are gone, i suspect hughes's poetry will be.
Countee cullen (cont'd) importance of language (cont'd) insisted he was a black man writing verse and not a distinctly “negro poet” used keats as “his chief ' poetic model'” (primeau 74) demonstration of style “yet do i marvel” 8 yet do i marvel i doubt not god is good, well-meaning, kind, and did he. Gabrielle dangler may 24th, 2012 6th hour yet do i marvel analysis yet do i marvel by countee cullen says a lot in a few words its message encompasses, not only does its message encompass its author, but all the other black poets of the harlem renaissance and although this poem does not specifically speak of it,. God is “good, well-meaning, kind,” and he does not need to explain his creation or his actions to humankind however, if god were to “stoop” to humankind's level , he could explain why the mole must the classical allusions in countee cullen's poem “yet do i marvel” contribute effectively to the poem in a number of ways. Yet do i marvel by countee cullen, read by todd hellems (student, doraville, ga), as part of the favorite poem project.
Yet do i marvel, about racial identity and injustice, showed the influence of the literary expression of william wordsworth and william blake, but its subject was far from the world of their romantic sonnets the poet accepts that there is god, and god is good, well-meaning, kind, but he finds a contradiction of his own plight. Today, cullen is probably best known for two poems that appeared in color: “yet do i marvel” and “incident,” both explicitly about the experience of being african american in the united states “yet do i marvel” begins: i doubt not that god is good, well-meaning, kind and did he stoop to quibble could tell. I doubt not god is good, well-meaning, kind and did he stoop to quibble could tell why the little buried mole continues blind read full text » countee cullen comments about yet do i marvel by countee cullen there is no comment submitted by members share on facebook share on. Countee cullen and langston hughes are two of the most recognized african american poets of the harlem renaissance countee cullen's “yet do i marvel” and langston hughes' “i, too” are comparable poems in that their similar themes are representational of the authors' personal tribulations of racial.
Yet do i marvel is a traditional sonnet that deals with the awesome and awful power of god in relation to the challenging lives of humans and animals god can never truly be understood by the human mind but there is still a need to marvel at how certain things turn out countee cullen, born in 1903,. A selective list of online literary criticism for the african american poet countee cullen, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars, and articles and visual and verbal androgyny in cullen's work on heritage on incident on tableau on yet do i marvel on from the dark tower about the.
About the poet countée louis porter cullen, a metrical genius and star of the harlem renaissance, wrote less out of racial consciousness than for the joy of he launched his literary career as an undergraduate with color (1925), a youthful triumph based on classical forms and introduced by yet do i marvel, one of his.
Besides the coupling of larger constructions, cullen couples words in a series in line one, good, well-meaning, kind, all modifying god, and in compound, inscrutible countee cullen's best known poem, yet do i marvel (1925), has been as widely misinterpreted as a poem as cullen has been misunderstood as a poet. However, cullen himself asserted early on that he wanted to be a poet, not a negro poet “yet do i marvel at this curious thing:/to make a poet black, and bid him sing” countee cullen's poetry was celebrated in the 1920s as a demonstration of his discipline with form and of his happy immersion in english. Yet do i marvel, sonnet by countee cullen, published in the collection color in 1925 reminiscent of the romantic sonnets of william wordsworth and william blake, the poem is concerned with racial identity and injustice the poet ponders the nature of god, stating “i do not doubt god is good, well-meaning, kind.