Countee Cullen's Poem "Incident" Poem Review by Stef S

Countee Cullen's Poem "Incident"
An analysis of the prosody (poetic meters and versification) of Countee Cullen's poem, "Incident".
# 1033 | 1,094 words | 1 source | 2001 | US
Published on Apr 17, 2001 in Literature (Poetry) , English (General) , African-American Studies (General)

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This paper is all about prosody. The poem, Countee Cullen's "Incident" is the analyzed work. In this paper, the author looks at the rhythm of the poem, likening it to cinematic scores.

From the Paper:

"Countee Cullen was an African-American poet born in New York, and a contributor to the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote of the black experience as he lived it, writing lyrically and imaginatively. His Incident is a short poem describing a brief incident in the speaker's life. While told in retrospect, and with few carefully chosen words, the relation of the experience speaks volumes about racism and how one must deal with it even from a young age. The format of the poem provides meaty contrast to the poem's subject matter, staying at one tempo even when the mood of the poem changes dramatically."

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