The Indictment of God and the American Society in Countee Cullen’s Poetry

International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies

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Title The Indictment of God and the American Society in Countee Cullen’s Poetry
 
Creator Gabriel, Onwu Uko
 
Subject Indictment, racism, Marvel, Incident, African American Writers.
 
Description The concept that God is as unjust as the society is so eloquently portrayed in Countee Cullen’s poems “Yet Do I Marvel’’ and “Incident”. Cullen accuses God of being unjust by making him a poet. The renowned poet does not exonerate his American society from the indictment based on racial hostilities and insensitivity that seemed to have permeated the milieu. This paper addresses the questions of the indictment, racial intolerance and the significance of Cullen’s poetry to American literature. To achieve the objective of this study, the author adopts interpretive literary study and The Reader-Response approach to analyze the selected poems. The study reveals that Cullen’s poetry like other genres lives in timeless performance, is therapeutic, is a strong vehicle for the mobilization of people, and a tool for protest. The study concludes that Countee Cullen uses his poetry to indict God and American society. From the analysis of the selected poems, it is observed that poetry lives with people, is a weapon for change in any Nation and Cullen’s poetry addresses the contemporary needs of a society. His accusation of God and American society is a concern and seems relevant. What matter most is equality, justice and love for humanity? All these ingredients must emanate from the heart and transcend color for any society to attain oneness.
 
Publisher Baynoon Centre for Studies and Development
 
Date 2021-07-20
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/289
10.47631/ijecls.v2i4.289
 
Source International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies ; Vol. 2 No. 4 (2021): International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies; 75-89
2709-7390
2709-4952
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://bcsdjournals.com/index.php/ijecls/article/view/289/147
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 International Journal of English and Comparative Literary Studies
https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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