Presentation on theme: "Life Countee Cullen was born 1903. He was adopted and raised in a Methodist parsonage, it is a house next to the church for a Christian leader. He attended."— Presentation transcript:
Life Countee Cullen was born 1903. He was adopted and raised in a Methodist parsonage, it is a house next to the church for a Christian leader. He attended De Witt Clinton High School in New York, he graduated 1922. Afterwards, he entered New York University in 1922, he graduated in 1923. He was admitted into Harvard University in 1923 and completed a master’s degree, he graduated 1926. He got married to a woman named Yolande Du Bois, only child of W.E.B. Du Bois in April 9, 1928. But sadly she sued a divorce in Paris on 1930. He soon remarried in 1940. He lived a short life, he died in 1946 because of high blood pressure and uremic poisoning.
Countee Cullen’s Poetry Life Countee Cullen began writing poetry at age 14. His poems were published in The Crisis, under the leadership of W. E. B. Du Bois, and Opportunity, a magazine of the National Urban League. He was soon after published in Harper's, the Century Magazine, and Poetry. He won many awards for his poem "Ballad of the Brown Girl.“ In 1923 Harper published Cullen’s first volume of verse, Color. His second volume of poetry, Copper Sun (1927), met with controversy in the black community because Cullen did not give the subject of race the same attention he had given it in Color. He was raised and educated in a primarily white community, and Langston Hughes he differed from other poets of the Harlem Renaissance like in that he lacked the background to comment from personal experience on the lives of other blacks or use popular black themes in his writing. An imaginative lyric poet, he wrote in the tradition of Keats and Shelley and was resistant to the new poetic techniques of the Modernists.
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