Is "Yet Do I Marvel" triumph against odds? Anger at God? Justification for failure?  Does he regret his fate, accept it, or celebrate it?

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I think that Cullen's work is extremely profound and layered with many meanings.  To attempt to quantify it in one judgment is dangerous.  Being a complex man himself, it only makes some level of sense that his work would be intricate.  I don't sense an outward display of triumph.  I think that Cullen is making a statement about being of color in a time in American History where it was more challenging being a person of color than a Caucasian individual.  At the same time, Cullen is making a statement that possessing the eye and mind of a poet is also uniquely challenging.  In both narratives, the difficulty arises when reality is perceived much differently than from what...

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