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Heritage is a poem with a very deep meaning behind it. Countee Cullen is an African-American writer. During the 1920's African-Americans were faced with many problems in writing. They were challenged with whether they should write in the traditional art form or create new forms that came from Black experiences or write similar to the way Americans wrote or write about global issues. Countee Cullen experienced these issues (Baym, p. 2116). In his long poem Heritage, the feeling of what being an African-American in America is like. In the first stanza Cullen describes what his home country means to him. The poem starts "What is Africa to me:" The following lines are describing what Africa means to him. Up to the fifth stanza Cullen describes what Africa means and what it is. From the fifth stanza until the end Cullen takes a turn. In the last section of the poem Cullen describes what is life is like in the world he is living in now. In lines 99 and 100 he says "Must my heart grow sick and falter,/ Wishing He I served were Black,". These lines give an impression that Cullen is unhappy were he is now and wishes that his life were different. It also suggests the cruelty that is felt by African-Americans. This is shown in line 100 "Wishing He I served were Black." Heritage is a poem of very strong emotions and feelings. During the time period in which Heritage is written, the separation between African-Americans and Americans is very strong. This separation is clearly shown throughout Countee Cullen's long poem Heritage.


Works Cited
Baym, Nina, and B.Laurence Holland.American Literature between the Wars 1914-1945. Shorter 4th. New York, NY; London, WCIA: W.W. NORTON & COMPANY, 1979. 1713-1714. Print.


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