Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

A Poem For Myself - Poem by Etheridge Knight

(or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy)

I was born in Mississippi;
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Comments about A Poem For Myself by Etheridge Knight

  • (9/2/2018 5:24:00 AM)

    We could learn a lot from this (Report) Reply

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  • Susan Williams (3/26/2018 3:53:00 PM)

    Again he is the master artist of the moment caught in his poetic verse better than it would be caught by a camera- the repetition strengthens the past but lays the path to the future- -Knight is a supreme poet (Report) Reply

  • (3/26/2018 3:53:00 AM)

    it speaks volume about the predicament of an individual. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/18/2016 7:32:00 AM)

    The pain of the poet in his poem writing about him is very strong and poignant......Nicely written poem. (Report) Reply

  • (2/15/2016 3:14:00 PM)

    ............a very nicely penned blues poem ★ (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling (11/15/2015 3:43:00 AM)

    ...Going back to Mississippi
    This time to stay for good...
    Gonna be free in Mississippi
    Or dead in the Mississippi mud...

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (7/25/2015 11:17:00 AM)

    Gonna be free in Mississippi
    Or dead in the Mississippi mud.

    his soul sings all his pain
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  • Michelle Claus (5/4/2014 10:05:00 PM)

    When the thoughts are first introduced, it sounds like the poet is telling us, the readers. When the thoughts are repeated, it sounds like the poet is telling himself - like he needs to plant his rock-solid realities in his mind and make peace with them. This would align with the poem's title, A Poem for Myself. It works well. (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2014 5:31:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this bluesy poem! Has a very lyrical rhythm to it! (Report) Reply

  • (5/3/2014 9:19:00 AM)

    Great poem with a real blues feeling,12-Bar pure... (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (5/3/2014 6:12:00 AM)

    Home always calls us back. It stays same in our memory even when every thing there has changed with time. Touched by this simple poem. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/1/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    Blessed the Mississippi muddy track
    That such a poet was born there
    It matters not if it be white, brown or black
    But this is true poetry just raw and bare

    Excellent poem with an earthy feel. Welcome to all ye poets who are reading this to my page.
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  • Besa Dede (5/3/2013 9:46:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem about expressing his feelings for his hometown. It is true there is no place like home!
    I like the way the author emphasizes his thoughts by repeating the stanzas.
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  • (7/9/2012 5:09:00 AM)

    loved this piece...seems songlike but that made me sing through the words....there is a wonderful balance of joy honesty and pain.. great how it went full circle from the mud in mississippi.tyvm...karen (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2012 3:02:00 PM)

    In spite of a very hard life, he somehow discovered that, truly, there is no place like home. (Report) Reply

  • (5/5/2012 3:00:00 PM)

    In spite of a very hard life, but somehow discovered that, truly, there is no place like home. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Duncky (5/3/2012 9:45:00 AM)

    east west home is best (Report) Reply

  • (2/1/2007 3:04:00 PM)

    This poem is really powerful! Nice! (Report) Reply

  • Egal Bohen (2/11/2006 6:41:00 PM)

    I like this one a lot - probably because Mississippi is a magic word for me, show me that stream called the river Jordan.........
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