In addition, the analysis will show any poetic techniques used by the poets. In the end, all there is is wonder. In the sonnet, 'Yet Do I Marvel' written by Countee Cullen, many different features of poetry is used. Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing! Cullen explores the mystery of God's way of creating humans with different skin colors, casing racial prejudice. My reaction to the sonnet was of astonishment because I had no idea the author was an African American poet.
But by 1930 Cullen's reputation as a poet waned. Cullen also uses enjambment for another purpose, connection. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press. Cullen then marvels at the fact that God stoops to help such lowly creatures as human beings. Chapel Hill and London: The University of North Carolina Press. Through Cullen's writing, readers can view his own subjectivity of his inner workings and how he viewed the Negro soul and mind.
According to Thomas Wirth, author of Gay Rebel of the Harlem Renaissance, Selections from the Work of Richard Bruce Nugent, there is no concrete proof that they ever were lovers, despite newspaper stories and gossip suggesting the contrary. The following stanza has been chosen as the analysis point for this paper: I am-- yet what I am, none cares or knows;My friends forsake me like a memory lost:-- I am the self-consumer of my woes;--They rise and. Every day and moment is cherished by both. To Wake the Nations: Race in the Making of American Literature. Through the usage of rhetorical and poetic elements, he is able to construct his argument As we saw, he uses a variety of strong words such as quibble to question Gods negative effects on the world He also uses strong metaphors such as comparing human flash to a mirror, which relfects Gods image, allowing him to further question Gods actions to allow for killing of humans if He created them He alludes to Greek mythology to provide examples of Gods punishments, creating curiosity in humans to understand why He did so Through the beautifully constructed rhyme schemes and quatrain - quatrain - sextet format, he forms a paradox of marveling and questioning Gods ultimate power So. Also, these are the only two lines that use alliteration in the whole poem, and they are placed right after each other.
Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing! I shall not write of Negro subjects for the purpose of propaganda. Instead, these previous instances alert the reader that the climactic example is yet another paradox that is just that: a contradiction that is apparent rather than real. It is as if the speaker is trying to cram everything into one sentence, trying to get his ideas out as fast as he can. By sing he is referring to his ability to create as a poet. To achieve this effect, many poets use different poetic techniques to help convey the meanings of their poetry.
If read aloud, everything is read together, one breath. And God could tell about the blind mole underground, about why we're made of fallible flesh and bone; he could spell out in simple terms just why we succumb to temptation and endless struggle. New York: Oxford University Press. His poetry output almost totally ceased as he turned his attention to the novel, theater, translation, teaching, and children's literature. The next four lines of the octet have a comparison between Tantalus and Sisyphus and. I think it is also important that I bring forth essential messages in the words and statements of the poem. On the day of the wedding, the church was overcrowded being that 3,000 people came to witness the ceremony.
It is another example of the mysterious ways of a God who inexplicably made humans of different skin color. The theme is of strong mood of religious reflection in this poem and moves in large part from the central position of the Christian church. She wanted to sleep eternally. 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. He makes references to Tantalus and Sisyphus, two figures from Greek mythology that were punished forever by the gods. The poem is a first-person monologue in which a Black poet, indistinguishable from Cullen, voices doubt and confusion about the world, about the relationship between God and man, and about this particular poet's place in the world.
The poet finally reveals himself as not only a poet, but a Black poet. The term foregrounding refers to an effect brought about in the reader by linguistic or other forms of deviation in the literary text Leech, 1985. He worked with Arna Bontemps to adapt Bontemps's 1931 novel God Sends Sunday into 1946, published 1971 for the musical stage. In this essay I am going to include the following; the poets attitude to his subject, the poets descriptive skills, the language used, how the poem affects me, and. Inscrutable His ways are, and immune To catechism by a mind too strewn With petty cares to slightly understand What awful brain compels His awful hand.
But because we all have different holds for the poem to grab on to, we all come from different backgrounds and even different times. Indeed, Cullen emphasizes the involuntary nature of his poetry. Copeland Constructionally, the sonnet consists of only three declarative sentences, equivalent opposites, with the types shifting from compound-complex to complex to simple; decreasing in length from eight lines to four lines to two lines. These poems are all about. Still, it is a question that must be answered. He also affirms that God has reasons for everything that happens in the world, even if these reasons are often difficult for humans to understand.