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McGill University
Department
English (Arts)
Course
ENGL 226
Professor
Kait Pinder
Semester
Summer

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Countee Cullen Reading YET DO I MARVEL BY COUNTEE CULLEN Identify • "I doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind,/ And did He stoop to quibble could tell why" • "With petty cares to slightly understand/ What awful brain compels His awful hand/ Yet do I marvel at this curious thing:/ To make a poet black, and bid him sing!" • "Make plain the reason tortured Tantalus/ Is baited by the fickle fruit, declare/ If merely brute caprice doom Sisyphus" Meaning • at the heart of it all is uncertainty ◦ "I doubt not" ◦ stresses the doubt first ◦ Tantalus is "baited" ▪ unjust, deception ◦ "fickle" and "caprice" • paradox of knowing and not knowing ◦ cannot know, but he still wonders ◦ "yet do i marvel at this curious thing" • lot of assonan
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