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AM ER ICA. Author : Claude McKay. AMERICA. 1 Stanza 14 Lines. Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth, Stealing my breath of life , I will confess I love this cultured hell that tastes my youth Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,

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Am er ica

AMERICA

Author : Claude McKay


America

AMERICA

1 Stanza

14 Lines

  • Althoughshe feeds me bread of bitterness,

  • And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,

  • Stealing my breath of life, I will confess

  • I love this cultured hell that tastes myyouth

  • Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,

  • Giving me strength erect against her hate

  • Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood

  • Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,

  • I stand within her walls with not a shred

  • Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.

  • Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,

  • And see her might and granite wonders there,

  • Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,

  • Like Priceless treasures sinking in the sand.

RHYUME

PERSONIFICATION

REPETITION


Lines 1 3

Lines 1-3

  • Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,

  • And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,

  • Stealing my breath of life, I will confess

Line 1

Ailleration : The Letter “ A” keeps repeating .


Lines 4 7

Lines 4-7

  • I love this cultured hell that tastes my youth

  • Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,

  • Giving me strength erect against her hate

  • Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood

Line 7

Line 5

Rhyme : Blood And Flood Both Rhyme in this Section .


Lines 8 11

Lines 8-11

  • Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,

  • I stand within her walls with not a shred

  • Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.

  • Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,

Personfication : Walls with not a shred is an human qualite .

Line 8

Line 10


Lines 12 14

Lines 12-14

  • And see her might and granite wonders there,

  • Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,

  • Like Priceless treasures sinking in the sand.

Imagery : Pricless Treasures can be buried in the sand .

Line 12

Line 13

Line 14


Rhyme scheme

RHYME SCHEME

  • Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,

  • And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,

  • Stealing my breath of life, I will confess

  • I love this cultured hell that tastes my youth

  • Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,

  • Giving me strength erect against her hate

  • Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood

  • Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,

  • I stand within her walls with not a shred

  • Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.

  • Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,

  • And see her might and granite wonders there,

  • Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,

  • Like Priceless treasures sinking in the sand.

A

B

C

B

D

E

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

J

Ballad : Because it is a story .

Good Rhytum : Because it has a good topic .

End Rhyme : All Rhymes are at the end of the line .


Similes metaphors

Similes & Metaphors

  • Simile : * Her Vigor Flows like tides into my blood .

  • * Like Priceless Treasures sinking in the sand .

  • Metaphor : * Her Bigness sweeps my being like a flood .


Poet facts

PoetFacts

  • In 1928, McKay published his most famous novel, Home to Harlem.

  • He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature.

  • McKay left for the U.S. in 1912 to attend Home to Harlem, which won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature.

  • Home to Harlem, which won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature. The novel, which depicted street life in Harlem

  • McKay's novel gained a substantial readership, especially with people who wanted to know more about the intense, and sometimes shocking, details of Harlem nightlife.


Why the imagery

Why the Imagery ?

  • Line 1 : shows the bitterness of bread which shows bitterness is like something moldy.

  • Line 5 : Shows Tides of blood which other words means the Blood flows likes waves.

  • Line 7 : the Flood Scene shows of how big America actually is.

  • Line 8 : The Picture of king in state shows that the President has the Center Hold of Authority.

  • Line 12 : The Picture of Granite shows a path full of wonders.


The end

THE END !!!

  • Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,

  • And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,

  • Stealing my breath of life, I will confess

  • I love this cultured hell that tastes my youth

  • Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,

  • Giving me strength erect against her hate

  • Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood

  • Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,

  • I stand within her walls with not a shred

  • Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.

  • Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,

  • And see her might and granite wonders there,

  • Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,

  • Like Priceless treasures sinking in the sand.


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