Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

How do rhyme, meter, and stanzaic patterns reinforce the themes of Countée Cullen?

In “Heritage,” what problems does Cullen face as he tries to reconcile African heritage with African American identity?

What arguments exist for and against the claim that Cullen is a literary hero for African Americans?

In “Yet Do I Marvel,” how does Cullen present racial injustice as part of God’s orderly creation?

Why does John Keats earn the admiration of Cullen?

Why are some things about Cullen easy to explain, while other things remain a mystery?