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What is a major theme in the poem "God Give to Men" by Arna Bontemps?

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Posted December 16, 2011 at 10:16 PM via web

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What is a major theme in the poem "God Give to Men" by Arna Bontemps?

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eir | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 17, 2011 at 2:15 AM (Answer #1)

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The poem is about race and religion. It juxtaposes "the yellow man" and "blue-eyed men," and shows the yellow man to be more spiritual and in touch with important things like nature, happiness and spirituality.

While blue-eyed men have material goods like "swivel chairs
to whirl in tall buildings."  "Yellow men" have emotional goods, like laughter and tears.

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