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Yet Do I Marvel
Transcript of Yet Do I Marvel
brute- a non-human creature
bid- to command
catechism- the contents of such a book
fickle- likely to change, especially due to instability
compels- to force or drive
I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind,
And did He stoop to quibble could tell why
The little buried mole continues blind,
Why flesh that mirrors Him must some day die,
Make plain the reason tortured Tantalus
Is baited by the fickle fruit, declare
If merely brute caprice dooms Sisyphus
To struggle up a never-ending stair.
Inscrutable His ways are, and immune
To catechism by a mind too strewn
With petty cares to slightly understand
What awful brain compels His awful hand.
Yet do I marvel at this curious thing:
To make a poet black, and bid him sing!
Had a leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance
Won awards from Guggenheim Fellowship for creative awards in U.S. & Canada
Went to Harvard University (1925-1926)
He also worked in a variety of literary forms One Way to Heaven, Heaven's My Home, God Sends Sunday, and much more
Real Life Connector
Allieration- where words are used in quick succession and begin with letters belonging to the same sound group
Allusion- a brief reference to a person, event, or place
Rhyme- a pattern of words that contain similar sounds
Faith- we all have faith in someone or something
Weakness- we all feel weak about something
Pain- can happen physically or emotionally
"Why flesh that mirrors Him must some day die"- Shows the questioning of why do humans die
"And did He stoop to quibble could tell why"- Shows how God is more powerful then humans
"The little buried mold continues blind"- Shows that we still ask what's our purpose in the life
"Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black, and bid him sing!"- Shows the irony of what God had made
Yet Do I Marvel
By: Countee Cullen
Presenters: Anissa Lupercio,
Catalina Ruvalcaba, Jocelyn Barragan, Cesar Garcia
Why does Cullen use Greek gods for examples?
Why does he struggle to "marvel his curious thing"?
Is God a good or bad thing?
How did God play a role in Cullen's life?
Does God love us or hates us? In this poem, it shows how God can be all mighty, but has some flaws in us. The poet himself questions, why do we die, why do we suffer, why do we live a "never-ending stairway" to suffer. He also questions himself with all the stereotypical judgements around the society. Why is a loving God lets us suffer this way?