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Author: CULLEN, COUNTEE
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Cullen, Countee    Poet's Biography
48 poems available by this author


A BROWN GIRL DEAD    Poem Text    
First Line: With two white roses on her breasts
Last Line: To see herself tonight
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


A SONG OF PRAISE    Poem Text    
First Line: You have not heard my love's dark throat
Last Line: Discovers one as fair
Subject(s): African Americans; Desire; Love; Negroes; American Blacks


CHRISTUS NATUS EST    Poem Text    
First Line: In bethlehem / on christmas morn
Last Line: Hosannah! Christus natus est
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


EPITAPH: A LADY I KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: She thinks that even up in heaven
Subject(s): Heaven; Paradise


EPITAPH: FOR A FOOL    Poem Text    
First Line: On earth the wise man makes the rules


EPITAPH: FOR A LADY I KNOW    Poem Text    
First Line: She thinks that even up in heaven
Last Line: To do celestial chores.
Subject(s): African Americans; Religion; Social Classes; Negroes; American Blacks; Theology; Caste


EPITAPH: FOR A MOUTHY WOMAN    Poem Text    
First Line: God and the devil still are wrangling
Last Line: Satan has enough in hell
Variant Title(s): For A Mouthy Woman
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


EPITAPH: FOR A PREACHER    Poem Text    
First Line: Vanity of vanities
Subject(s): Vanity


EPITAPH: FOR A VIRGIN LADY    Poem Text    
First Line: For forty years I shunned the lust
Last Line: I let him have his way.
Subject(s): Lust; Death; Dead, The


EPITAPH: FOR A WANTON    Poem Text    
First Line: To men no more than such cover


EPITAPH: FOR JOHN KEATS, APOSTLE OF BEAUTY    Poem Text    
First Line: Not writ in water nor in mist
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets


EPITAPH: FOR MY GRANDMOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: This lovely flower fell to seed
Last Line: That she would grow again.
Subject(s): Grandparents; African Americans; Death; Flowers; Grandparents; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


EPITAPH: FOR MY GRANDMOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: This lovely flower fell to seed
Last Line: That she would grow again.
Subject(s): African Americans; Death; Flowers; Grandparents; Negroes; American Blacks; Dead, The; Grandmothers; Grandfathers; Great Grandfathers; Great Grandmothers


EPITAPH: FOR ONE WHO GAILY SOWED HIS OATS    Poem Text    
First Line: My days were a thing for me to live
Subject(s): Carpe Diem


EPITAPH: FOR PAUL LAURENCE DUNBAR    Poem Text    
First Line: Born of the sorrowful of heart
Subject(s): African Americans; Dunbar, Paul Laurence (1872-1906); Negroes; American Blacks


FOR A PESSIMIST    Poem Text    
First Line: He wore his coffin for a hat
Last Line: And waved a bit of crape
Subject(s): Pessimism


FOR AMY LOWELL    Poem Text    
First Line: She leans across a golden table
Subject(s): Lowell, Amy (1874-1925)


FOR DAUGHTERS OF MAGDALEN    Poem Text    
First Line: Ours is the ancient story
Last Line: That would not toil or spin
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


FROM THE DARK TOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: We shall not always plant while others reap
Last Line: And wait, and tend our agonizing seeds.
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


FRUIT OF THE FLOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: My father is a quiet man
Last Line: That flushes this wild fruit?
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


HERITAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: What is africa to me
Subject(s): Africa; African Americans - History; Black Heritage


I HAVE A RENDEZVOUS WITH LIFE    Poem Text    
Last Line: I keep life's rendezvous
Subject(s): Fate; Life


I HAVE A RENDEZVOUS WITH LIFE       


INCIDENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Once riding in old baltimore
Subject(s): African Americans; Baltimore, Maryland; Racism; Social Protest; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry


KARENGE YA MARENGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Wherein are words sublime or noble? What
Subject(s): Patriotism; India; Liberty


LIFE TO LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: Four winds and seven seas have called me friend
Last Line: That love is king and creed and persian law
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


LINES TO CERTAIN OF ONE'S ELDERS    Poem Text    
First Line: You, too listless to examine
Last Line: Than go ambling with the ague.


LINES TO MY FATHER    Poem Text    
First Line: The many sow, but only the chosen reap;
Subject(s): Fathers


MARY, MOTHER OF CHRIST    Poem Text    
First Line: That night she felt those searching hands
Last Line: How could she know the rest?
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


SATURDAY'S CHILD    Poem Text    
First Line: Some are teethed on a silver spoon
Subject(s): Holidays; Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


SCOTTSBORO, TOO, IS WORTH ITS SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: I said
Subject(s): African Americans; Negroes; American Blacks


SIMON THE CYRENIAN SPEAKS    Poem Text    
First Line: He never spoke a word to me
Last Line: With bruise of lash or stone.
Variant Title(s): Shadowed
Subject(s): Bible; Jesus Christ; Religion; Simon Of Cyrene; Theology


SPIRIT VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: Against our puny sound and sight
Last Line: Hues never thought there unrevealed
Subject(s): Keller, Helen (1880-1968)


TABLEAU    Poem Text    
First Line: Locked arm in arm they cross the way
Subject(s): Friendship


THE LITANY OF THE DARK PEOPLE    Poem Text    
First Line: Our flesh that was a battle-ground
Last Line: Are merged in paradise.
Subject(s): Bible; Christmas; Jesus Christ; Religion; Nativity, The; Theology


THE LOST ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: We wear the mask that grins and lies
Last Line: We wear the mask
Subject(s): Alphabet Verse


THE UNKNOWN COLOR    Poem Text    
First Line: I've often heard my mother say
Subject(s): Wind


THE WIND BLOWETH WHERE IT LISTETH    Poem Text    
First Line: Live like the wind, he said, 'unfettered'
Subject(s): Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


THOUGHTS IN A ZOO    Poem Text    
First Line: They in their cruel traps, and we in ours,
Subject(s): Zoos


THRENODY FOR A BROWN GIRL    Poem Text    
First Line: Weep not, you who love her
Last Line: We need elegies.
Subject(s): Death; African American Women; Dead, The


TO CERTAIN CRITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: Then call me traitor if you must,
Subject(s): Criticism And Critics; Race Awareness


TO JOHN KEATS, POET, AT SPRING TIME    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot hold my peace, john keats
Last Line: John keats, keep revel with me, too.
Subject(s): Keats, John (1795-1821); Poetry & Poets; Spring


TO THE SWIMMER    Poem Text    
First Line: Now as I watch you, strong of arm and endurance, battling and struggling
Subject(s): Swimming & Swimmers


TWO THOUGHTS OF DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: When I am dead, it will not be
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


UNCLE JIM    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Race Awareness


UNDER THE MISTLETOE    Poem Text    
First Line: I did not know she'd take it so
Last Line: Or else I never dared
Subject(s): Christmas; Nativity, The


WISDOM COMETH WITH THE YEARS    Poem Text    
First Line: Now I am young and credulous
Last Line: The barren days come, too.
Subject(s): Aging; Wisdom


YET DO I MARVEL    Poem Text    
First Line: I doubt not god is good, well-meaning, kind
Subject(s): African Americans; Racism; Negroes; American Blacks; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry