By Margaret Perry
An extended essay on ''The guy and His Poetry'' plus wide bibliography of Cullen's significant writings, writings approximately Cullen, together with newspaper references, and poetry anthologies within which Cullen's paintings seemed.
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Additional info for A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946
He simply preferred pleasing them to having his own way. " 42 The gentleness and quiet dignity so often recalled by people who knew Countee Cullen was a part of his personality apparent in much of his poetry, especially in his most characteristic lyrics. Although Countee Cullen did not entirely win his battle against being known primarily as a Negro poet, his finest poetry has always evoked the image of a man devoted to the written and spoken word, a man who could make language sing for him when he wrote with all the fire of his youthful spirit: Yet do I marvel at this curious thing: To make a poet black and bid him sing!
Cullen to Atkinson, 2 August 1938, Beinecke Library, Yale University. 32. Light 3 (24 September 1927): 12. 33. Saturday Review of Literature 30 (22 March 1947):44. 34. Jay Saunders Redding, To Make a Poet Black (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1929), p. 109. 35. This magazine did not live beyond vol. 1, no. 1, and, ironically, most of the unsold copies were destroyed in a fire. 36. Hillburn, a town in Rockland County, N e w York. An account of the racial problem in this place is given on page 175 in Blanche Ferguson's biography of Cullen.
It has been noted that Cullen said he wrote poems "for the sheer love of music in them," 14 and this musical element is an integral part of much of his poetry. When his first book was published, the reviewer in Poetry called it a volume of musical verse. Babette Deutsch remarked: "And even in what might be called his African poems it is Mr. "15 Consider, for instance, two stanzas from "A Song of Praise": You have not heard my love's dark throat, Slow-fluting like a reed, Release the perfect golden note She caged there for my need.