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***** POETRY STUDIES: THE EXPRESSION OF RACIAL TENSION IN THE WORK OF HUGHS, MCCAY, CULLEN AND BROWN

OBJECTIVE

***** objective of this work is the review the ***** ***** four authors, specifically those of:

*****) Langston Hughs - "Democracy";

2) Claude McKay - "If We Must Die";

3) Countee Cullen ***** "Uncle Jim"; and 4) Sterling Brown - "Bitter Fruit of the Tree" and to then discuss how each of these ***** expresses within their written work the subject of racism.

*****TRODUCTION

***** feelings and emotions are expressed through the art of poetry ***** this is p*****icularly true of the works ***** *****, McKay, Cullen and Brown in ***** expressions of racism in the poems studies ***** ***** research work.

*****: IF WE MUST DIE (1919)

In 1919 Claude McCay responded to mass riots in which whites assaulted black neighborhoods in approximately '...a dozen..' cities across America. McCay's poem "If ***** Must Die" states:

If we must die, let it not be like hogs

***** and penned in an inglorious spot,

While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs,

Making their mock at our accursed lot.

If we ***** die, O let us nobly die..."

It is clear that McCay is urging the ***** community to fight back... or indeed to die for something other than for merely being a member of the black minority race in ***** as he states:

***** men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack,

Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!"

*****: DEMOCRACY

In ***** ***** entitled: "Democracy" the author Langston Hughs states:

Democracy will ***** come

*****, this year

Nor ever

Through compromise and fear." (Langston *****)

As the poem continues Hughs relates that each individual has the same 'right' as one another in terms ***** independence and the rights to own their own land. Hughs relates that he grows weary of those who abdicate their own rights and encourage others to do so by 'letting things "take their ***** course" or go as they may stating:

do not need my freedom when I'm dead.

A can***** live on tomorrow's bread." (Langst***** Hughs)

The poem of Hughs ends ***** expressing that freedom comes to be needed by ***** who are deprived the most of freedom.

*****: UNCLE JIM

***** the work of ***** entitled "Uncle Jim" the entirety of understanding this poem is in the first line which states:

White folks ***** white," says ***** Jim" (Countree Cullen)

***** just the first line of ***** poem it is expressed how all ***** ********** were not ready at the time of this poem for feeling or accepting ***** ***** were, just as the ***** people, Americans.

BROWN: "BITTER FRUIT OF THE TREE"

Many of Sterling ********** first ***** have *****en c*****ed "...***** narr*****ives...' to be followed ***** "Bitter Fruit ***** the *****" which ***** been termed to be a "...***** vendetta..." in which he speaks of t***** suffering of his family, specifically his grandmother and grandfather and his father. Brown speaks of

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