Presentation on theme: " “New Negro” “Poet” – not a “black poet” Raised by grandmother – Louisville, Kentucky Frederick A. Cullen and his wife of Methodist Episcopal Church."— Presentation transcript:
“New Negro” “Poet” – not a “black poet” Raised by grandmother – Louisville, Kentucky Frederick A. Cullen and his wife of Methodist Episcopal Church in Harlem NYU and Harvard African Americans can write poetry as well as whites can… Warned Hughes against becoming a “racial” or “negro” poet
1. What similes does Cullen use in the first and second stanzas? Why did he use those similes? 2. What image of human isolation and self-sufficiency does the speaker introduce in the third stanza, and what is his view of it? 3. What point does the speaker make about joy in the fourth stanza? How does the speaker contrast this point to the effect of sorrow? 4. What comparisons are introduced in the last stanza? Why might Cullen have selected those particular comparisons? 5. In this poem, Cullen personifies the emotions of joy and sorrow. What might be the purpose of this personification? Is it effective? Explain. 6. Racism is not specifically mentioned in the poem. What attitude about racism can be inferred from the poem?