Countee Cullen

(30 May 1903 – 9 January 1946 / New York)

Fruit Of The Flower - Poem by Countee Cullen

My father is a quiet man
With sober, steady ways;
For simile, a folded fan;
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Comments about Fruit Of The Flower by Countee Cullen

  • Rookie - 0 Points Rosemary Milton (6/20/2015 8:13:00 PM)

    A realization that I am who I am, not what you desired me to be...writing poetry instead of pursing a trade was thought of as hedious. Countee reveals the disaproval and scorn of his parents for the choices he made. Delightful, rebellious and acceptance of his love for art and beauty. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (7/3/2014 8:22:00 AM)

    This is such a wonderful poem on being able to be who you feel you truly are. It matters not where we come from. Every person has the right to live freely as they see fit whether it follows the dictates of mainstream society or not. This is a nice eye opening reminder write to be true to you! Always! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 415 Points Captain Cur (7/3/2012 4:58:00 AM)

    Parents only want us to follow in their shoes' footprints,
    not the naked ones. Loved this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 880 Points delilah contrapunctal (11/7/2007 9:11:00 PM)

    How I love this man's work........beautiful..
    a friend of mine had the good fortune to be one of his pupils..........
    .in some poetical 'hereafter', perhaps they've met once again.......................... (Report) Reply








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