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Cuntee Cullen


Né le 30 mai 1903 et mort en 1946, Cuntee Cullen auteur de plusieurs ouvrages de poésie est l'un des plus importants poètes de la renaissance de Harlem.

Cuntee Cullen
Cuntee Cullen
Honte aux poètes qui ont attrapé
la fièvre répandue de la soumission.
Si nous devons mourir un jour, que ce ne soit pas en betes traquées
Mourons, oui, mais en résistants.
Cuntee Cullen est de ceux qui refusent de mourir sans rien dire

Ballad of the Brown Girl

Cuntee Cullen
Cuntee Cullen
In 1922, Cullen entered New York University. His poems were published in The Crisis, under the leadership of W. E. B. Du Bois, and Opportunity, a magazine of the National Urban League. He was soon after published in Harper's, the Century Magazine, and Poetry. He won several awards for his poem, "Ballad of the Brown Girl," and graduated from New York University in 1923. That same year, Harper published his first volume of verse, Color, and he was admitted to Harvard University where he completed a master's degree.

A Selected Bibliography


Color (1925)
Copper Sun (1927)
The Ballad of the Brown Girl (1928)
The Black Christ and Other Poems (1929)
The Medea and Some Other Poems (1935)
On These I Stand: An Anthology of the Best Poems of Countee Cullen (1947)
My Soul's High Song: The Collected Writings of Countee Cullen (1991)


One Way to Heaven (1931)
The Lost Zoo (1940) Children's stories.
My Lives and How I Lost Them (1942) Children's stories.


St. Louis Woman (1946) With Arna Bontemps.

His second volume of poetry, Copper Sun (1927), met with controversy in the black community because Cullen did not give the subject of race the same attention he had given it in Color. He was raised and educated in a primarily white community, and he differed from other poets of the Harlem Renaissance like Langston Hughes in that he lacked the background to comment from personal experience on the lives of other blacks or use popular black themes in his writing. An imaginative lyric poet, he wrote in the tradition of Keats and Shelley and was resistant to the new poetic techniques of the Modernists. He died in 1946.

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