Claude McKay

(15 September 1889 – 22 May 1948 / Clarendon)

Claude McKay Poems

41. Futility 1/3/2003
42. Home Thoughts 1/3/2003
43. White Houses 1/3/2003
44. Rest In Peace 1/3/2003
45. The Tired Worker 1/3/2003
46. The White City 1/3/2003
47. I Know My Soul 1/3/2003
48. Commemoration 1/3/2003
49. Adolescence 1/3/2003
50. Alfonso, Dressing To Wait At Table 1/3/2003
51. Heritage 1/3/2003
52. French Leave 1/3/2003
53. Flirtation 1/3/2003
54. Outcast 1/3/2003
55. Baptism 1/3/2003
56. The Spanish Needle 1/3/2003
57. Absence 1/3/2003
58. A Prayer 1/3/2003
59. My Mother 1/3/2003
60. After The Winter 1/3/2003
61. December, 1919 1/3/2003
62. The Harlem Dancer 1/3/2003
63. Africa 1/3/2003
64. Exhortation: Summer 1919 1/3/2003
65. The Lynching 1/3/2003
66. The City's Love 1/3/2003
67. The Snow Fairy 1/3/2003
68. Romance 1/3/2003
69. Dawn In New York 1/3/2003
70. Harlem Shadows 1/3/2003
71. Flower Of Love 1/3/2003
72. I Shall Return 1/3/2003
73. A Red Flower 1/3/2003
74. Flame-Heart 1/3/2003
75. A Memory Of June 1/3/2003
76. Birds Of Prey 1/3/2003
77. Courage 1/3/2003
78. Enslaved 1/3/2003
79. America 1/3/2003
80. If We Must Die 1/3/2003

Comments about Claude McKay

  • Ben Le (9/28/2018 8:09:00 PM)

    Why is some of Claude McKay's poems missing? I am very sure he wrote more than 80. It there any specific reason why To The White Fiends and My House is not included here?

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  • Mason Alvarez (3/23/2018 2:08:00 PM)

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  • Stecy Pitchen (2/8/2018 12:23:00 PM)

    I found these poem quite interesting!

  • Daniel Johnson (2/5/2018 12:47:00 PM)

    i believe he is my great grand uncle... my grandma passed on the news to me.. so inspired by him! ! !

  • Herb Jacobson (12/31/2014 2:19:00 PM)

    MCKAY WROTE A POEM CALLED MY HOUSE. WHY IS IT NOT INCLUDED IN THIS LIST OF 80. IT IS A MAGNIFICENT AND INSPIRATIONAL POEM I HAVE BEEN PASSING ALONG FOR OVER 60 YEARS

  • Zeenat Fatima (9/16/2012 6:48:00 AM)

    really romantic poem.. :)

  • Rue Palmer Rue Palmer (8/2/2012 8:48:00 AM)

    went to school reading claude, , we are from the same parish in jamaica nd i even know his home town, , yes indeed here i am right by his side, ,

Best Poem of Claude McKay

If We Must Die

If we must die, let it not be like hogs
Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot,
While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their mock at our accursèd lot.
If we must die, O let us nobly die,
So that our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Shall be constrained to honor us though dead!
O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe!
Though far outnumbered let us show us brave,
And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow!
What though before us lies the open grave?
Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly ...

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On Broadway

About me young careless feet
Linger along the garish street;
Above, a hundred shouting signs
Shed down their bright fantastic glow
Upon the merry crowd and lines
Of moving carriages below.
Oh wonderful is Broadway -- only
My heart, my heart is lonely.

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