By Margaret Perry
A protracted essay on ''The guy and His Poetry'' plus broad bibliography of Cullen's significant writings, writings approximately Cullen, together with newspaper references, and poetry anthologies within which Cullen's paintings seemed.
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Cullen undoubtedly sensed in Robinson the sort of Puritanism both poets never abandoned in their writings. A religious faith, tempered by skepticism, is implicit in the poetry of Robinson and Cullen (who probably could not escape this stance because of his religious upbringing). And they shared the optimistic opinion that, beneath man's troubles (the ones inflicted on him, the ones he inflicts on himself), man could find something in which to hope. As F. J. "24 One might substitute melancholy for tragic in the case of Cullen, and the quote would be strikingly applicable.
Although this, too, was a poem about racial prejudice, Cullen treated the tale with objectivity and avoided obscuring the poem's meaning with his own feelings. Some of Cullen's shorter verses adopt a narrative form, such as "Incident," "Simon the Cyrenian Speaks," "Two Who Crossed a Line," and "Red": RED She went to buy a brand new hat, And she was ugly, black and fat: "This red becomes you well," they said, And placed it high upon her head. And then they laughed behind her back To see it glow against the black.
He found teaching difficult at times, but he never succumbed to the doubts that occasionally plagued him. He even refused the chair of Creative Literature at Fisk University in 1944 in order to remain where he had overcome the initial trials of poet turned teacher. On 10 January 1946, The New York Times announced the death of Countee Cullen. ) Shortly after Countee Cullen's death, the collection of Negroana at Atlanta University changed its name officially to the Countee Cullen Memorial Col*7 THE MAN AND HIS POETRY lection.
A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946 by Margaret Perry