American Poetry, 1900-1945
American Poetry, 1900-1945
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4282014 Claude McKay 1 Born in Jamaica 1889 would not be separated as a family when being sold Made impact with his dialect writing By 1912 had books out with Creole language Sometimes seen as beginning of post colonial writing Big part of the Harlem Renaissance Once he left America he could not return Brits and Americans were asked to arrest him if he set foot back in American or Jamaican land due to Communist party associationso he just stayed in Russia 1934 he could return to America but the Harlem Renaissance was over which really hurt black writers Except for Langston Hughes They were referred to as a quotfadquot McKay was far more quotcosmoquot He travelled more than the previous poets and can be considered a bohemian The way you talk should be reflected within each line stanza Issues which Voice to lose How to form Got critiques for seeming too disorganized Ouashie to Buccra Quashie black Buccra white quotdemquot a pluralizer Dem is good because there is no way to differentiate between single and plural 2nd person quotYouquot and quotyouquot are the same for talking to a single person or a group of people Other dialects have it figured outy39all is actually a very useful word Like you39s You are able to address a group of people differently than a single person You would think that we would have a way to do this Syntax methods here are totally different Written in couplets printed in quatrains Was the rst poem in Songs of Jamaica People do not understand it Reader is supposed to be white and the audience is whitethis is why there are so many footnotes for example quotSweetnessquot of the potato has been turned into racism Calling this thing sweet when the white man does not recognize what it really means Counterintroductionespecially as the first poem Iambic pentameter coupletsactually pretty great The poem talks about how to write 4282014 A Midnight Woman to the Bobby Midnight Woman Prostitute Bobby Police McKay was a policeman at one pointobviously he had a switch Basically police hauled foreigners to jail Ironic isn39t it Another low point was addressing a higher up She knows the policeshe knows everyone Born in Spanishtonreally she means he39s in her territory She39s calling him out on everything quotTurnfootquot gt quotturncoatquot He may be a cop but he is in her place Tropics in New York nonvernacular Line Breaks He is the tropics and the fruits He39s been assimilatedwritten in the Queen39s English Why not just go get it They do not grow in NY They39ve become rare and expensive He went from eating it for cheap because it was everywhere to having it be expensive because they were foreign fruits Ironic type of meta inception he sells poems for money to buy the fruit mentioned in the poem itself