poet Claude McKay

Claude McKay

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Oh when I think of my long-suffering race,
For weary centuries despised, oppressed,
Enslaved and lynched, denied a human place
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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (12/18/2019 12:22:00 PM)

    Let it be swallowed up in earth's vast womb,
    Or upward roll as sacrificial smoke
    To liberate my people from its yoke! very fine poem

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  • Mark James (3/13/2018 8:01:00 AM)

    When you have carried the chains and bonds of Slavery maybe one can be so naive and stupid to talk of blame - this was the reality of the lives of black people and to dismiss it as merely perfunctory tells me stance on Equality and whether black lives are as valuable as yours -

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  • Bill CantrellBill Cantrell (3/18/2016 8:05:00 AM)

    such a shame to carry such hatred, to blame everyone for the acts of some, such a pity.

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    Valarie Dowling(4/12/2016 2:21:00 AM)

    do you expect him to accept them with open arms. '' acts of some'' it was the majority of the white race. Wasn't it a shame how African Americans were ridiculed and oppressed everyday because of their skin. ''all'' of them were considered minorities. He has a right to hate them.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (3/17/2016 3:32:00 PM)

    I read the biography on McKay's page and it was exceedingly interesting. I admire his writing skills but I cannot admire hatred as a response to hatred, violence as a response to violence, inhumanity as a response to inhumanity.. Humanity cannot be improved by generations copying the evils of the preceding generations. Now I will be disliked for speaking my heart as he spoke his.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (3/17/2016 11:38:00 AM)

    The sufferings of the race of the poet for number of generations and it's oppression has given an acrimonious tone to the most touching and sentimental poem. Thanks for sharing.10 +++

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (3/17/2016 8:29:00 AM)

    Whoa! This is a very strong statement, wishing the white man's world to be consumed utterly. I guess a history of injustice can do that to a person.

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  • Paul ReedPaul Reed (3/17/2016 4:30:00 AM)

    Inspired by this poem I read 'Flame-Heart' by the same poet, now in my favourite poems list.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/17/2016 3:03:00 AM)

    My long-suffering race! Nice work.

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  • Moira CameronMoira Cameron (3/17/2016 2:11:00 AM)

    Very inspirational words. The longing comes through in lines like 'my race that has no home on earth' - it is a king of longing that not many of us can really understand. But in this poem, the feeling becomes understood.

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  • Lewis Colyar (5/10/2007 1:57:00 AM)

    We often hang our heads when things make us sad to painful to speak of. The voice in this poem speaks of a time when slavery happen to America. Happen to the African me.

    LHPS of Pittsburgh

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