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  • If We Must Die By Claude McKay
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    Clearly provocative and even chilling, If We Must Die by Claude McKay stirs deep and powerful emotions in any who reads it. A poem inspired by violent race riots, it serves as a motivating anthem representative of an entire culture. Graphic and full of vengeance this poem is demanding action, not telling a story. McKay utilizes imagery to its fullest extent creating an end result which any man or woman, black or white, who has ever felt the hard and hateful hand of oppression can relate to. Writ...
  • Poetry Claude McKay
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    Poetry- Claude McKay "If We Must Die" One of the most influential writers of the Harlem Renaissance was Jamaican born Claude McKay, who was a political activist, a novelist, an essayist and a poet. Claude McKay was aware of how to keep his name consistently in mainstream culture by writing for that audience. Although in McKay's arsenal he possessed powerful poems. The book that included such revolutionary poetry is Harlem Shadows. His 1922 book of poems, Harlem Shadows, Barros acknowledged that ...
  • Outsider Theme Of The Negro In America
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    +McKay's "Outsider" Theme Claude McKay was an important figure during the 1920's in the Harlem Rennaisance. Primarily a poet, McKay used the point of view of the outsider as a prevalent theme in his works. This is best observed in such poems as "Outcast,"America", and "The White House". In these poems, McKay portrays the African-American as the outsider of western society and its politics and laws and at times, the very land that he is native to. McKays's poem, "Outcast", is the most obvious exa...
  • Specific Part In The Poem
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    1) "America" is written in a Public voice. McKay writes this poem as though it is meant to be heard by all. However, there are some parts in "America" where it takes a more personal approach. For example, when McKay states "Stealing my breath of life, I will confess I love this cultured hell that tests my youth". and also when he mentions how he gazes into the days ahead. I find in those sections of the poem McKay takes a more personal approach because of the specifics mentioned solely about her...
  • Poem McKay
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    A Harlem Man's Yearning The Harlem Renaissance was a time in our nations history when a new kind of insurgency developed. In this era, African Americans were for the first time considered artists, not just Negroes. In the midst of all of this was Claude McKay. Born and raised in the tropics of Jamaica, Claude grew up in a very accepting society. However, moving to America he experienced first hand the harsh realities of racism. In McKay's time, people loved his poems; he was adored by Blacks and...

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