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Complete Poems / Edition 1

Complete Poems / Edition 1

by Claude McKay
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252075900

ISBN-13: 9780252075902

Pub. Date: 07/28/2008

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

Containing more than three hundred poems, including nearly a hundred previously unpublished works, this unique collection showcases the intellectual range of Claude McKay (1889-1948), the Jamaican-born poet and novelist whose life and work were marked by restless travel and steadfast social protest. McKay's first poems were composed in rural Jamaican creole and

Overview

Containing more than three hundred poems, including nearly a hundred previously unpublished works, this unique collection showcases the intellectual range of Claude McKay (1889-1948), the Jamaican-born poet and novelist whose life and work were marked by restless travel and steadfast social protest. McKay's first poems were composed in rural Jamaican creole and launched his lifelong commitment to representing everyday black culture from the bottom up. Migrating to New York, he reinvigorated the English sonnet and helped spark the Harlem Renaissance with poems such as "If We Must Die." After coming under scrutiny for his communism, he traveled throughout Europe and North Africa for twelve years and returned to Harlem in 1934, having denounced Stalin's Soviet Union. By then, McKay's pristine "violent sonnets" were giving way to confessional lyrics informed by his newfound Catholicism.

McKay's verse eludes easy definition, yet this complete anthology, vividly introduced and carefully annotated by William J. Maxwell, acquaints readers with the full transnational evolution of a major voice in twentieth-century poetry.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252075902
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
07/28/2008
Series:
American Poetry Recovery Ser.
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
456
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS....................     vii     

INTRODUCTION: CLAUDE MCKAY—LYRIC POETRY IN THE AGE OF CATACLYSM William
J. Maxwell....................     xi     

Jamaican Periodical Poetry, 1911–12....................     1     

Songs of Jamaica (1912)....................     19     

Constab Ballads (1912)....................     86     

Early English and American Poetry, 1916–22....................     130     

Harlem Shadows (1922)....................     152     

"The Clinic," circa 1923....................     197     

"The Years Between," 1925–34....................     208     

"Cities," circa 1934....................     223     

"The Cycle," circa 1943....................     241     

Final Catholic Poetry, 1945–47....................     270     

NOTES TO THE POEMS....................     281     

WORKS CITED IN NOTES TO THE POEMS....................     393     

INDEX OF FIRST LINES....................     395     

INDEX OF TITLES....................     401     


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