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Claude McKay- Enslaved

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Peri Andrew

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Transcript of Claude McKay- Enslaved

Claude McKay. [Photograph]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.
Wrote Enslaved in 1922 during the Harlem Renaissance.
Published several poems that disdained racism.
Segregation and discrimination inspired most of his works as he was determined to defend African American rights.
McKay strongly advocated for African American's rights.
Joined the Universal Negro Improvement Association
Claude McKay
Oh when I think of my long-suffering race,
For weary centuries despised, oppressed,
Enslaved and lynched, denied a human place
In the great lifeline of the Christian West;
And in the Black Land disinherited,
Robbed in the ancient country of its birth,
My heart grows sick with hate, becomes as lead,
For this my race that has no home on earth.
Then from the dark depths of my soul I cry
To the avenging angel to consume
The white man's world of wonders utterly:
Let it be swallowed up in earth's vast womb,
Or upward roll as sacrificial smoke
To liberate my people from its yoke!

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McKay shines a light on the mistreatment of African Americans in the poem Enslaved.
Poem is a sonnet.
Claude McKay had a predominately white-based education.
He appealed to the intellectuals as they admired his poetry.
African Americans could relate to the message of the text
By Peri Andrew
Claude McKay- Enslaved
'And in the Black land disinherited'
'To Liberate my people from its yoke'

Black Land (Kemet), Abusir. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ . Location: 01.. [Photography]. Retrieved from Encyclopædia Britannica ImageQuest.
Enslaved- Poem Techniques
Enslaved- Poem Techniques
Simile is seen in line seven. Talks about McKay's heart growing sick with hate and becomes as lead. In comparison to McKay's heart.
Rhymes every second line, occasionally skips a sentence. The skipped sentence puts readers off, just like the message of the poem.
Pathos is regularly depicted. Readers feel sadness, pity and guilt.
Influence on Teen Readers
Affects the entire world.
Theme is universal and relates to hate.
Our society today values fairness and disdains social injustice.
Although, racial discrimination still occurs today, such as the Charleston shootings on June the 17th, 2015.
Nine African Amerians were killed during a prayer service at an Emanuel African Church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Killer was big on segregation and wanted to trigger a civil war.
Part of a long legacy of violence and hate against African Americans.
Verbs focus on themes of negativity.
Adjectives are contradictory and contrasted. Refers to the African American's experience compared to the White's experience.
Allegory is used throughout the poem. Has political and moral meanings.
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