Spring in New Hampshire and Other Poems (Paperback)

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Spring in New Hampshire and Other Poems (1920) is a poetry collection by Claude McKay. Published toward the beginning of the Harlem Renaissance, Spring in New Hampshire and Other Poems is the first of McKay's collections to appear in the United States. As a committed leftist, McKay-who grew up in Jamaica-captures the life of African Americans from a realist's point of view, lamenting their exposure to poverty, racism, and violence while celebrating their resilience and cultural achievement. Several years before T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land (1922) and William Carlos Williams' Spring and All (1923), modernist poet Claude McKay troubles the traditional symbol of springtime to accommodate the hardships of an increasingly industrialized world. In "Spring in New Hampshire," the poet gives voice to a desperate laborer, for whom the beauty and harmony of the season of rebirth are not only sickening, but altogether inaccessible: "Too green the springing April grass, / Too blue the silver-speckled sky, / For me to linger here, alas, / While happy winds go laughing by, / Wasting the golden hours indoors, / Washing windows and scrubbing floors." A master of traditional forms, McKay brings his experience as a black man to bear on a poem otherwise dedicated to descriptions of natural beauty, challenging the very tradition his language and style invoke. In "The Lynching," he calls on the reader to witness the brutality of American racism while exposing the complicity of those who would look without feeling: " S]oon the mixed crowds came to view / The ghastly body swaying in the sun: / The women thronged to look, but never a one / Showed sorrow in her eyes of steely blue..." As children dance around the victim's body, "lynchers that were to be," McKay raises a terrible, timeless question: how long will such violence endure?

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781513299907
ISBN-10: 1513299905
Publisher: Mint Editions
Publication Date: November 16th, 2021
Pages: 42
Language: English