COUNTEE CULLEN YET DO I MARVEL PDF

The poem begins with the speaker expressing his faith that God is good and kind. However, the speaker argues that God must have a reasonable explanation for all of this. God will not demean Himself enough to explain these reasons to us, and even if He did explain why seemingly cruel things are allowed to happen, the puny human brain would not be able to comprehend. By the time we get to the final lines of the poem, it becomes clear that this is a subtle critique of racism and the unique pressures faced by African-American artists.

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The poem begins with the speaker expressing his faith that God is good and kind. However, the speaker argues that God must have a reasonable explanation for all of this. God will not demean Himself enough to explain these reasons to us, and even if He did explain why seemingly cruel things are allowed to happen, the puny human brain would not be able to comprehend.

By the time we get to the final lines of the poem, it becomes clear that this is a subtle critique of racism and the unique pressures faced by African-American artists. Written in , the poem suggests that society routinely denies black people the education necessary to become accomplished poets. Finally, societal pressures make it so that being black and being a poet appear to be contradictory things.

That is, poets are supposed to write about what unites everyone, but the black poet also feels pressure to address the specificity of being black. Among all the cruel and hard-to-explain things God has done, the speaker implies, this is by far the cruelest and most inexplicable. Yet Do I Marvel study guide contains a biography of Countee Cullen, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Remember me.

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Yet Do I Marvel

Andrew has a keen interest in all aspects of poetry and writes extensively on the subject. His poems are published online and in print. Countee Cullen, born in , graduated from New York University in and had his first book of poems published in , Color. Being black, he soon got to be a part of the Harlem Renaissance. By all accounts he was a talented student and a quick learner and went on to study at Harvard before turning his attention to writing and teaching.

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Analysis of Poem "Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen

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