Poem Of The Day


Poem Of The Day

poem of the day

I've written about this poem before, and my post can be found here. I feel very strongly about this issue. It pertains to our current struggle today with racism and the systematic killing of African-Americans.

When we discussed Claude McKay's poem 'If We Must Die,' our professor brought up an interesting point about the line 'O Kinsmen.'

Why did he choose such a phrase? Was he talking to his peers? People who were like him in some way? We argued that no, he wasn't; he was talking to us. The line "O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe" is directed towards all of us, all the people in the world, who have a moral obligation to stand up when an injustice occurs. The common foe is racism, hatred, and narrow-mindedness.

The poem is a classic Shakespearean Sonnet. African-Americans in the 1920s were not very well-versed in Shakespeare. But white people were. When we discussed this poem, we came to the conclusion that this sonnet was not written to rile up other black people; it was written to rile up "us," the "others."

Poem of the Day is another series I wanted to start, discussing poetry and its' meanings. Please leave me a comment about what you think of all this, and I hope it inspires you in some way!