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Yet Do I Marvel

The classical allusions in Countee Cullen’s poem “Yet Do I Marvel” contribute effectively to the poem in a number of ways. In lines 5-8 of the poem, the speaker alludes to the classical myths of...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2011 7:59 am UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

A figure of speech is a type of language that is not literal. In this case, the poem takes on many meanings. It is common to use figurative language like metaphors in a sonnet. This beautiful...

Latest answer posted November 5, 2012 9:33 pm UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

Cullen starts off by describing God in conventional terms as "good, well-meaning, kind," but then progresses to question God. He states that he realizes that, as a human, he is like a blind mole...

Latest answer posted March 23, 2019 10:32 pm UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

This poem is about the seeming cruelty of God. Although the poem opens with the line, "I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind," by the end of the poem, after Cullen has listed a number of...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2019 9:34 pm UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

To the extent that the poet is asking for something, he is asking for understanding. He wants to know why God would do various things, like making/allowing Tantalus to be punished or, at the end...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2009 11:44 pm UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

Countee [Porter] Cullen’s poem “Yet Do I Marvel” expresses his intrigue with God. It is easy to see the poet at his desk and in his chair thinking. He wonders to himself and then on paper: “ I...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2013 9:14 pm UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

One of Cullen's strength is his ability to articulate a condition of pain and suffering which seems to transcend race, yet remind the reader of its pervasive reality. The withholding of race until...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2009 7:22 am UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

Countee Cullen's short poem "Yes Do I Marvel" contains two classical allusions, both to notorious criminals in the mythical world. The first, Tantalus, was doomed to always be "tantalized" (the...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2011 3:11 am UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

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...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2009 8:06 am UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

In this sonnet, Cullen is expressing some of his own pain against the lack of parity between the different elements of God's creation. He sets out by saying that he does not doubt that God means...

Latest answer posted December 21, 2019 10:39 am UTC

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Yet Do I Marvel

In this poem, the speaker seems to be a Black man who is pondering the mysteries of God's creation and his own creation specifically. He claims not to doubt that "God is good, well-meaning, kind,"...

Latest answer posted July 1, 2020 3:38 am UTC

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