Analysis Of The Poem 'Tableau' By Countee Cullen

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The trail African Americans have trod in America has never followed the path of least resistance. Their role in society has evolved, yet a history of maltreatment cuts deep into their heritage and has left an everlasting scar. During the Harlem Renaissance, a new black cultural identity was forged. Countee Cullen, Claude McKay and Langston Hughes were three of many writers responsible for reshaping the African American identity through striking literary expression. Furthermore, these poets of the Harlem Renaissance wrote about a race endeavoring to embrace their heritage and applaud the courageous efforts of those waging war against racial stereotypes.

One of the distinguishing voices of the Harlem Renaissance was that of Countee Cullen. Cullen authored numerous works, including a poem titled “Tableau”. In his poem, Cullen created an image of a black and …show more content…

In his poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”, Hughes tells a story of lineage and ancestry. Telling the tale of the movement of African Americans based upon what rivers they were near, this poem served as an interesting perspective on African American heritage. From the “Euphrates when dawns were young”, to “the Congo where it lulled me to sleep”, to looking “upon the Nile and the raised pyramids above it”, and finally the “Mississippi when Abe Lincoln went down to New Orleans”, African Americans have traveled far and wide and experienced much (Hughes, 5-9). Hughes develops the idea that having such experiences running amid the roots of the African American population makes their souls “deep like the rivers”, stronger, wiser and more durable (Hughes, 13). The theme of roots stands out the most as Hughes reminds African Americans of where they came from. The things they, as a people, have done and seen. Furthermore, Hughes tells what effect all those experiences have had on their

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