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by Claude McKay
Jamaican-American poet Claude McKay (1889–1948) came to the U.S. in 1912 and became an important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. This inexpensive edition includes a representative sample of his Jamaican dialect verse, but concentrates on poems from Harlem Shadows (1922) and uncollected verse. Edited and with an introduction by Joan R. Sherman.
Paperback, 64 pages
Published June 30th 1999 by Dover Publications
(first published April 1969)
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Claude McKay, according to information in this book, is a lyricist extraordinaire among poets, that probably being due to his sensitivity and sentimentality to his surroundings. Despite his physical and mental adventurousness, McKay had a tender, easily wounded heart, needing "courage" to make the necessary human connections to enjoy "love and life". He was considerably imaginative, imagining away urban ugliness, remembering "unforgettable" love of a person or a place, and finding poetic irony i ...more
A fiery and often moving collection of poems from my favorite poet, Harlem Renaissance writer Claude McKay. He's lesser known than his contemporaries but no less talented. Check him out. He's the man Churchill quoted when he wanted to inspire the British populace during the dark days of WW2.
Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem, a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo, Banana Bottom, and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem that has not y ...moreMore about Claude McKay...