COUNTEE CULLEN YET DO I MARVEL PDF

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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. Forgot your password? Buy Study Guide.

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"Yet Do I Marvel" by Countee Cullen

Add to list. 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 some day die, Make plain the reason tortured Tantalus Is baited by the fickle fruit, declare If merely brute caprice dooms Sisyphus To struggle up a never-ending stair. 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. Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing! Alesana The Band - This is a amazing poem.

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Yet Do I Marvel Summary

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.

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

Reminiscent of the Romantic sonnets of William Wordsworth and William Blake , the poem is concerned with racial identity and injustice. Yet Do I Marvel. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback. Thank you for your feedback. Home Literature Poetry. See Article History.

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