Countee Cullen Reading
YET DO I MARVEL BY COUNTEE CULLEN
• "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
• "Make plain the reason tortured Tantalus/ Is baited by the fickle fruit, declare/ If
merely brute caprice doom Sisyphus"
• 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