Any Human to Another. The ills I sorrow at Not me alone Like an arrow, Pierce to the marrow, Through the fat And past the bone. Your grief and mine Must. The summary of this poem is that a man is grieving and suggest that nobody should grieve alone. He believes that it is better for them to grieve. Between high school and his graduation from Harvard, Cullen was the most popular black poet and virtually the most popular black literary.

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Within the poem, Cullen describes sorrow as a common aspect of life. Those eyes are basilisk’s she gazes through, And those are snakes you take for strands of hair! As he whose eyes are gouged craves light to see, And he whose limbs are broken strenght to run, So have I sought in you that alchemy That knits my bones and turns me to the sun; And found across a continent of foam What was denied my hungry heart at home.

Countee Cullen strived for African American writing to be less racial, but language that spoke to every culture in America, which could lead to an increased appreciation of the poem. He suggests that sorrow is often what lies at the depths of the heart.

Only the polished skeleton, Of flesh revlieved and pauperized, Can rest at ease and think upon The worth of all it so despised. Sorrow is something that is felt beneath the outward, physical body. Only the Polished Skeleton The heart has need of some deceit To make its pistons rise and fall; For less than this it would not beat.

Any Human to Another by Countee Cullen

Let no man be so proud And confident, To think he is allowed A little tent Pitched in a meadow Of sun and shadow All his little own. The Harlem Renaissance was a splendid awakening of African American writing which stressed equality.


From hhman line it is understandable that the speaker is describing identity. Marie Napierkowski and Mary Ruby. And from her feet up to her throat are massed Strange aromas; a perfume from the East Swims round her body, sinuous and brown. When talking about civil rights, this theme can be associated.

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With this stanza, the speaker offers comfort for those in grief. My Soul to Me: In the context of the poem Cullen never states a specific culture or race to connect his themes to. Emotional pain is often something that cannot be seen, and so it must be expressed through words. Rightfully, a man avoiding the pain of others is not fulfilling his spot in society. Remembering their sharp and pretty Tunes for Sacco and Vanzetti, I said: A person avoiding the pain in society is not being fair to their human race.

Joy may be shy, unique Friendly to a few Sorrow never scorned to speak To any who Were false or true. Connected with the Harlem Renaissance, this theme makes it quite apparent how African Americans felt about prejudice.

With subterfuge and fraud the mind Must fend and parry thrust for thrust, With logic brutal and unkind Beat off the onslaughts of the dust. O vengeful warning, spiteful stream, a truce! Of bitter aloes wreathed, My sorrow must be laid On your head like a crown.

He reflects upon various human attributes.

Incorporated with the upsurge, was writing that spoke equal rights countew with sorrows suffered by blacks. Why this preoccupation, soul, with Death, This servile genuflexion to the worm, Making the tomb a Mecca where the breath Though still it rises vaporous, but firm, Expelled from lungs still clear and unimpaired, To plough through nostrils quivering with pride Veers in distress and love, as if it dared Not search a gayer place, and there subside?


Analysis of Any Human to Another by Countee Cullen

Even the newborn baby has felt hunger pangs. This initial stanza implies the importance of what lies beneath a human beings physical features. He reveals the suffering of one human being, and how it affects the people who surround the one who is suffering. A quality that Countee Cullen possessed in most of his writings was his ability to create a universal language.

This poem brings all of humanity together under the common experience of sorrow. Surely, I said, Now will the poets sing. Your ever grief Like a blade Shining and unsheathed Must strike me down Of bitter aloes wreathed My sorrow must be laid On Your head like a crown. A river is a single body of water that then fuses into a sea of vast waters. He implies that human beings are not meant to bear their own burdens and to live alone. During the Harlem Renaissance blacks were suffering while whites did little to help their cause.

Yet, the ability to be racially equal in his writing has made Countee Cullen a world renowned poet. Springfield Township High School. African Americans were beginning to realize there powerful position in their community. Against disease and death and all things fell, And war, Their strophes rise and swell To jar The foe smug in his citadel.

Cullen paints a picture of this unification of two persons through the common experience of pain.

This consciousness was followed by great productivity in the areas of writing, art, and music.