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"From the Dark Tower"
by
Countee Cullen History Countee Cullen Literary Analysis "From the Dark Tower" We shall not always plant while others reap
The golden increment of bursting fruit,
Not always countenance, abject and mute,
That lesser men should hold their brothers cheap;
Not everlastingly while others sleep
Shall we beguile their limbs with mellow flute,
Not always bend to some more subtle brute;
We were not made to eternally weep.
The night whose sable breast relieves the stark,
White stars is no less lovely being dark,
And there are buds that cannot bloom at all
In light, but crumple, piteous, and fall;
So in the dark we hide the heart that bleeds,
And wait, and tend out agonizing seeds. buttble Diction and Syntax The poem is a fourteen-line poem that is divided into two sections. Cullen uses a choice of words with negative connotations to describe the feelings of the African-Americans during this time period, as shown: "Not always countenance, abject and mute" (3).
"In light, but crumple, piteous, and fall" (12). It utilizes a variety of vocabulary that does not make the poem seem overly boring.

The arrangement of the words is simplistic, making it easy to read for young people. QUIZ TIME!!! Since we're so nice and we love you (not really), we decided to give you guys a quiz! Original, eh? we r so kyute nd qwerky!! bonus points if you sing your answer FIFTY QUESTIONS
STARTING:
NOW ok jk, only ten pls take out a sheet of paper, kthx Q.1 Q.2 Q.3 woooooooooooooosh Q.4 Figurative Language Cullen heavily uses symbolism in the poem and can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Q.5 Q.6 Q.7 Q.8 Q.9 Q.10 extra bonus points if you rhyme your answer Please trade your paper with a neighbor so... let's hope you were as successful as jennifer lawrence walking up the stairs to recieve her oscar wait... a second... oh... Here's a terrible image of the night sky that makes the text hard to see. 1. D. 2. D. 3. D. 4. A. Countee Cullen Countee Cullen was a poet who was a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He was born on March 30, 1903. Cullen's birthplace is unknown; many accounts say Louisville, Kentucky, but others say New York City. Countee Cullen was adopted. His original name was Countee Porter. He was adopted by Carolyn Belle (Mitchell) Cullen and Reverend Frederick A. Cullen. Harvard Countee Cullen attended DeWitt Clinton High school then going to New York City University. He then earned a Masters Degrees in English and French. "We shall not always plant while others reap / The golden increment of bursting fruit" (1-2). The two lines could be analyzed where the author stands for the African-Americans working hard in slavery as the white community would work them to the bone. ARE New York University DeWitt Clinton High School He became a French teacher at Frederick Douglas Junior High. Before Cullen, there were only two other African-American poet writers that took their writing as seriously as he did. He had won more major literary prizes then any other poet in the 1920's. He was one of the most popular black literary figures in America. He wrote numerous books and poems. On January 9, 1946, Countee Cullen passed away from high blood pressure Imagery Cullen uses literary devices to create vivid imagery of how African-Americans were treated or felt. "The night whose sable breast relieves stark, / White stars is no less lovely being dark" (9-10). The night is personified, given its "sable breast" that is interpreted to be the sky or the African-Americans. The "white stars" that are no less lovely being dark refers to how the stars cannot be beautiful without the contrast of the dark sky. Presented by:
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Anita Wu Cullen also utilizes many metaphors when reading in a more in-depth analysis. His metaphors are not easily seen because they are not simply stated as a comparison. Other Details Message The poem consists of fourteen lines that is split into an eight-line stanza and six-line stanza. The eight-line stanza (octave) talks about the discrimination that the African-Americans felt at the time. The six-line stanza (sestet) encourages the readers of the poem to stand strong and have hope while waiting patiently. The octave has a rhyme pattern of "abba". The sestet has a rhyme pattern of "aabbcc". What Masters Degree's did Cullen have? (I am so sorry for the wording of this question) How did Cullen die? A. Heart attack
B. Clogged artery
C. Colon cancer
D. High blood pressure
E. No one knows; it was reported that a unicorn was seen kidnapping him and the case went cold. How is the poem arranged? (How is it divided?) What do the choice of negative connotations that Cullen used describe? A. The feelings that the blacks had.
B. The terrible white community
C. I don't know, I'm just getting sick of this guy's name. I keep thinking he's a sparkly vampire
D. None of the above
E. All of the above What does the highlighted word mean? "Shall we beguile their limbs with mellow flute," Cullen used poems to spread his messages during the Harlem Renaissance. He explains that there is still small hope despite the overwhelming racism in the community. What do you call a six-line stanza? He implies that one must wait and keep the dream one has until light comes upon their way. 5. B. 6. B. A. English and Math
B. German and Science
C. French and German
D. English and French
E. German and Math 7. D. 8. C 9. A 10. C The tone of the poem is dark and somber, but still has a sliver of hope in the darkness. A. Split into two stanzas of six.
B. Split into two stanzas of seven.
C. Split into two stanzas of eight.
D. One stanza has eight and the other has six.
E. One has four and other has ten. A. to break or destroy
B. to charm or trick
C. to hug tightly
D. to soothe
E. to bagel A. sexant
B. sestet
C. hexaza
D. hexive
E. six-lines What do you call an eight-line stanza? A. Terrible
B. Aught
C. Eight
D. Octave
E. Octa How do you spell Cullen''s first name? A. County
B. Contee
C. Countee
D. Counting
E. Country What does "sable breast" refer to? A. The black sky
B. The breast of an animal in Japan and Siberia
C. Black chest
D. I don't know.
E. The morning sky What was the time period that "From the Dark Tower" was written? A. 1880's
B. 1990's
C.1920's
D. 1970's
E. 1850's The Harlem Renaissance Started in the late 1910s and lasted until the stock market crash of 1929 Harlem, New York was considered the "capital" of the renaissance many talented and influential writers and poets moved to Harlem during this time THE END Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, and Zora Neale Hurston were major writers during this period They mainly wrote poems in a bitter, angry, or depressed tone that showed the viewpoint of many african americans at the time The Harlem Renaissance (cont'd) The Harlem Renaissance happened after World War I and The Great Migration African Americans were used to being treated better during the war; when they came back, they were treated as if they weren't human The Harlem Renaissance was an attempt to change the views of the whites and to be accepted in society This caused many African Americans, who were living in the South, to move up north this caused a cultural explosion consisting of new literature, poetry, visual art, music, and plays
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