Analysis Of Red Anger By Countee Cullen

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Red Anger was written by R.T. Smith and published in the book The Literature of the American South in 1998, Smith was born in Washington and grew up in Georgia and North Carolina in which he received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, and completed his Master’s degree in English at the Appalachian State University. Incident was written by African-American poet Countee Cullen published in the book My Soul’s High Song: The Collected Writings of Countee Cullen in 1991, at the age of fourteen he started to write poetry in his high school located in New York, after high school Cullen went on to the University of New York then towards Harvard and completing it with a Master’s degree. Both pieces display racism …show more content…

In Red Anger Smith does not use a rhyming scheme; he uses a free verse style of poem where no line rhymes at all, in Incident Cullen uses a rhyming scheme he uses the simple four-line writing scheme where only the second and fourth line rhyme while the first and third do not rhyme with each other. Both poems use the use of the first person narrative point of view, in Red Anger Smith wants the reader to experience what it is like to be an aboriginal from each of the three tribes Tuscarora, Choctaw, and Cherokee he wants the reader to be in the shoes of each character from the three tribes the use of the point of view is powerful in Red Anger it is powerful because, of the way each member is going through sadness, and anger you can feel how the character feels with the uses of strong imagery. Although Incident is short it starts out like a nursery rhyme with a happy tone then once it gets to the second stanza the man “poked out His tongue and called me, ‘Nigger” (Cullen) just that line makes the poem so powerful, the man calls the young Cullen a racial slur, and that is stuck in his head for a long time, this poem is straight forward, and there is nothing to be hidden throughout the poem that’s what makes it straight forward it is simple to read and leaves the reader stunned with the use of racism that turned a happy nursery rhyme into a more shocking climax of the

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