What is the significance and effect of the allusions to classical literature/ myth in general and to these myths in particular in Countee Cullen's "Yet Do I Marvel"? YET DO I MARVEL BY COUNTEE CULLEN

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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 word comes from his name) by food and water which he could never reach. This punishment was a result of Tantalus trying to serve the flesh of...

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