The feeling behind this poem is that the author feels as though he is living in an unfair society. He has sort of a love hate outlook on Ame … rica because he knows there are a lot of possibilities and opportunities for black people in America but feels time for black people to take advantage of these opportunities is being wasted due to the set backs racism causes. The masquerade began as members of the white race tried to pass as black and during. Race riots in the summer of 1919 inspired McKay. The poem also seems to follow the iambic pentameter meter thus giving it a fluid sense of rhythm. I believe this poem reflected on Hughes life in general, but more importantly on the fight against the. He remained there only a few months, leaving to study agriculture at Kansas State University.
The poem concludes on a melancholy note as the speaker gives his or her prediction for the future of America. McKay uses irony when describing himself as a rebel fronting a king in state. This is the first outright evidence of the strange mixed feelings that the speaker expresses throughout the poem. New York: Norton Company, 2008. The confused cry that McKay issues from the lines of this poem are the echoes of a generation stuck between true equality and false hope.
In traditional sonnets, that line should be the conclusion to the second quatrain whereas in this poem it is the beginning of a new sentence and idea. America 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! For black Americans life was unfair. It symbolized near oblivion, yet at the same time, rebellion. If We Must Die Another famous poem by Claude McKay was written a couple of years before America, during the summer of 1919. Does it make you feel happy, thoughtful, morose, sanguine, angry? Let's read the poem, and then we'll discuss what inspired the poem and what it means. World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917 had left the world in disorder and stimulated anticolonial movements throughout the third world. The narrator also does not see hope in the future and wonders if there can actually be change in the future.
The most interesting interaction within this piece of text is the insurgence that the speaker brings out within the conflicting nature of the prose. Hesees how mighty America is and he appreciates it because of that. Although the speaker is standing in strength against the bigotry and injustice within America, he or she seems to feel as if his or her personal stand might be insignificant within the larger picture of the struggle for equality. The Philosophical meaning of this poem is about the black struggle and how hard it is to be raised and growing up in America. The speaker is standing in confidence before the racist ideals to which society held, as a rebel would stand full of pride before the king.
The darkness swallowed thee again. His poem America discusses the love-hate relationship many blacks had with America at the time. The speaker now introduces a conflicting idea that the reader might not expect. As part of the Harlem Renaissance, he was helping to blaze a new path for blacks across America, while having to deal with the negative aspects of our nation such as racism and segregation. For the Harlem Renaissance, which was an extraordinary eruption of creativity among Black Americans in all fields of art, Claude McKay was the leader.
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. The poem encourages the African-American community to fight back against the perpetrators of the bloodshed. America Perhaps McKay's most famous poem is titled America. Yet the overwhelming sense of negativity never consumes the poem because the speaker knows that things can better. Generally speaking, when this did occur it was because the king was either handing down or carrying out a judicial sentence. He does not strike out, nor does he express ill-will or coarse words to the upstart standing in his court.
The strong use of metaphor and duplicity within this poem lead the reader down an emotionally charged path. Although the speaker began the piece with strong negative feelings for American society, he or she signifies his strong positive feelings for America in this line. Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood. Yet, McKay also says he loves America, and he points out that it is her that gives him strength to stand against her. He was able to see America for all of its qualities, good and bad, because he had chosen America as his home.
The country was responsible for seeing that blacks were given equal rights, but these rights were restricted unless the man could reach very unreal expectations. Losing faith in Communism, he turned his attention to the teachings of various spiritual and political leaders in Harlem, eventually converting to Catholicism. This really shows Hughes frustration with how things still are and the fact that there still is no American identity that includes blacks. But tone can be felt calm down when there is less aggression in the pronunciation of words. Harlem Renaissance poet Claude McKay In addition to giving a voice to black immigrants, McKay was one of the first African-American poets of the Harlem Renaissance. The sphinx, then, does not invent a riddle; a riddle makes a confused sphinx. The characteristics in this poem are the set rhyme scheme: ababcdcdefefgg that falls into three quatrains with an ending couplet made up of lines 10 syllables 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 into sand. Indeed, new social forms require new forms of representation. It is impossible for a single person to resist the mighty rushing waters of a flood as it rolls over the land. On the surface, these emotions are extremely different as they are polar opposites, but a deeper analysis yields some haunting similarities as well. Would he find the strength to stand up if not for America's energy and vitality as a country? Both of these feelings can drive a man or woman to behavioral extremes.
This was the case of one aspiring and venturous immigrant, Claude McKay. Claude McKay was aware of how to keep his name consistently in mainstream culture by writing for that audience. During the twenties, McKay developed an interest in Communism and traveled to Russia and then to France, where he met and Lewis Sinclair. His poems talk about America with a view that mixed love and hate, pain and pleasure. While the speaker acknowledges that it will not be easy and is at best a tenuous reality, he sees that there is the foundation for change when he looks towards the future. But after the trip, he became disillusioned with Communism because he realized that they weren't concerned with racial inequality in America and used black artists as tools of propaganda.