A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946 by Margaret Perry

By Margaret Perry

An extended essay on ''The guy and His Poetry'' plus broad bibliography of Cullen's significant writings, writings approximately Cullen, together with newspaper references, and poetry anthologies during which Cullen's paintings seemed.

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Here, the poet expresses the burden and the sometimes unbearable strain of being a black man in this world, of the wish for death to end his troubles, but of his ultimate recovery of courage to find and to pursue his place in the world. Cullen, with one exception ("To the Swimmer"), did not write free verse or use experimental forms; Miss Millay, also, seldom ventured from traditional poetical forms. But the resemblances between the poetry of these two lyricists goes further. There is, in the poetry of both 42 THE POETRY OF CULLEN Miss Millay and Cullen, a singing about the passing moment, the bittersweet of love and of its transiency, an almost childlike grief in the knowledge of death, and an overall tone of naivete.

The poet, however, chose the poems to be included, for this is a collection of what he considered to be his best work. The reviews of this work will be considered in the next chapter. Throughout his lifetime Countee Cullen stressed the desire to be considered merely a poet, not a Negro poet. 32 This was especially true in the 1920s when, as Arna Bontemps once wrote: The Negroes' gifts were still departmentalized. There were poets in the United States, and there were Negro poets. There were musicians, and there were Negro musicians.

The young Mrs. 23 The marriage, seemingly made up of all of the right ingredients, lasted only for a year. N o one has stated specifically why the marriage failed. " This contains notes for his classes, his translations of his own poems, and compositions he was assigned to write: There was a concert at the Salle Pleyel; listening to the music of Beethoven, he nearly cries. He asks himself if he is in love. If so, with whom and why? Then he writes: "For a long time Fve had enough of love, enough of marriage.

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