Interpretation of Poem “Yet Do I Marvel” - Countee Cullen
Cullen tries to convey in his sonnet and the techniques of metaphors, both religious and non-religious, allusions to Greek mythology, different rhyme schemes and repetition that he uses.
Should there be a need for explanation from God concerning the struggles life faces on earth, then this would happen.
As a work of literature it deliberately breaks boundaries – it is not a conventional novel, and it is not a collection of short stories. This breaking of boundaries is important because Toomer is reacting to centuries of miscegenation (itself a breaking of boundaries): indeed, Lamothe (56) calls slavery and the segregated society of the South “an ideology of enforced fragmentation and difference.” Toomer responds to this enforced fragmentation with his own fictive fragmentation in Cane: his form is a perfect mirror for the experiences of his characters.
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