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America

Rating: 2.7

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate.
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.

Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
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COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Nikunj Sharma 23 July 2009

alas..........it was written some time back..........america is changed now

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Selena Stone 02 October 2008

This is a great poem. i love to read Claude McKay's poems. He IS the BEST poet since Shakespeare.

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Fabrizio Frosini 05 February 2016

a very good poem, even after so many years..

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Kumarmani Mahakul 24 November 2017

Such an interesting poem presented nicely. Thanks for sharing and congratulations for the poem of the day.

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Michael Walker 24 November 2017

A precise-rhymed sonnet that still shouts and whispers after such a long time. It gives Claude McKay's unique perspective of America as an immigrant.

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William Honeycutt 15 March 2020

I absolutely hate writing, but I really love this poem

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stu8777 27 March 2018

it has a rich taste of of America if that makes any sense

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Bob gram 05 March 2018

I think this poem really has a very good nhow of America

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wowwowowo 02 February 2018

garbage i hate this its boring as hell

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Eleonora Bonaldi 23 January 2018

I love this poem. As Italian with a denied visa and a consequently denied dream, I feel this poem a lot. Thanks for sharing such an amazing set of emotions.

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