Bitterness and Love in America The speaker of the poem (read as McKay himself) proclaims his "love" for America despite the country's suffocating "hatred" for people like him. He also admits that he is partly to blame for this hatred since he has spoken out against America on many occasions.
In addition, the poet asks America to forgive him for any pain that he has caused her by speaking out against her.
McKay was a Canadian poet and political activist who spent much of his life in England. He was one of the first international celebrities when his poems began appearing in magazines back home. His most famous poem is probably "The Goose Girl", which tells the story of a young peasant boy who falls in love with a princess. However, she loves another man so he takes up a job as a goose herder instead. One day, he sees the princess riding by on her horse and tells her that he has changed his mind about marrying anyone else. But it is too late - the princess has already married the other man. Distraught, the boy goes off into the mountains to die.
Although he died over 100 years ago, Leonard Cohen's songs are still being sung all over the world today. He is considered one of the greatest poets of all time and has been called "the poet's poet".
Throughout the poem, the tone and attitude shift. He is furious at the start of the poem, saying that America is "sinking her tiger tooth into his neck." Then, as you read on, his tone shifts. When he remarked, "I will confess I appreciate this cultural inferno that challenged my youth," it turned optimistic. Finally, near the end, when he says, "O beautiful for heroes who have been thought dead / Who return to a proud country that has not forgotten them," the tone becomes sad.
Overall, the tone of the poem is angry at first, then optimistic, and finally sad.
Furthermore, Claude McKay's "America" has personification and symbolism. This poem is about America and how she profoundly inspired the speaker. McKay refers to the United States of America as a "woman" throughout the poem. Personification is the process of imbuing an inanimate landmass with human-like traits. Thus, America can be said to have personality according to how we perceive her.
Additionally, this poem is full of metaphors. A metaphor is when one thing is used to describe another thing that is not exactly like it. In this case, America is used to describe other countries. For example, America is described as a country where people come to pursue happiness but also as a place where people come to escape their problems. These two ideas are opposite ones so America serves as a metaphor for different things.
Last but not least, this poem is symbolic because it speaks about the beginning of the world's greatest adventure. The poem begins with the line "In the beginning," which means that this story starts from the very first moment of time. Then it describes how America was discovered by many different people who came to live here. This shows that no one nation or individual can claim ownership of America because she has been shared among many different cultures over time.
Because the speaker has a love-hate connection with America, he chooses to stay hopeful while remaining realistic. The speaker adores America and chooses not to dwell on the things he dislikes and cannot alter. Read the words from the poem below: "I love your energy, I love your dreams, I love your ideals, I love what you have done with my country."
This shows that the speaker believes in America's goodness even if he finds many faults within its society.
Also note that some of his criticisms are justified while others are not. For example, he complains about Americans spending money like there is no future but this is something we all do. Thus, his criticism is valid but overly simplistic.
Finally, he admits that there are bad people in America who do evil things but insists that this represents a small minority of the population. He then goes on to say that most Americans are good and honest people who deserve our respect and admiration rather than our hatred.
In conclusion, the speaker loves America but cannot deny its faults. He tries to be positive about it instead of being negative.
"The United States is, in essence, the greatest poetry." Whitman's argument arose from a view that the strength of both poetry and democracy stems from their ability to create a cohesive whole out of divergent parts—a thought that is especially important at a time when America feels brutally divided.
Whitman also believed that America's unique destiny was to lead the world toward freedom and justice for all. He wrote many poems about his admiration for the country—including "O Captain! My Captain!"—and expressed hope that its values would be able to overcome its political divisions.
In conclusion, Whitman believed that only by fully engaging with life can one achieve greatness. His own work was therefore never seen as separate from himself; it was rather an expression of who he was as a human being. Indeed, for Whitman, there was no distinction between art and life—they were one and the same. This is why we can say that Walt Whitman created himself.