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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Extra resources for A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946
He found teaching difficult at times, but he never succumbed to the doubts that occasionally plagued him. He even refused the chair of Creative Literature at Fisk University in 1944 in order to remain where he had overcome the initial trials of poet turned teacher. On 10 January 1946, The New York Times announced the death of Countee Cullen. ) Shortly after Countee Cullen's death, the collection of Negroana at Atlanta University changed its name officially to the Countee Cullen Memorial Col*7 THE MAN AND HIS POETRY lection.
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! l 9 THE MAN AND HIS POETRY NOTES 1. Stanley J. Kunitz and Howard Haycraft, TwentiethCentury Authors (New York: H. W. , 1942), pp.
Housman and Edna St. Vincent Millay are the bright stars. He is no mere versifier, no simple matcher of words that rhyme without meaning or feeling, no trite measurer of lines. His verse has emotional depth which is extraordinary of one of Mr. Cullen's years; he makes words hum and sing with none of the triteness and verbosity usual in a beginner. He etches his emotions and pictures with acid clearness, while underneath lies a genuine and sympathetic understanding of the joys and sorrows of life itself.
A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946 by Margaret Perry