Incident By Countee Cullen Essay

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Incident By Countee Cullen



Literary Appreciation #1- "Incident" by Countee Cullen


"Incident", is a poem that was written to make us as readers think, not only about racism
but also about how one occasion can allow us to judge a race, or a place. Racism is an
issue that plagues not only African-Americans but also other creeds, genders, and races.
In this essay I will discuss the poem and the role that racism took within it, by using
personal knowledge, the text, and obtained research.

The poem in its self takes on a rhyme scheme that allows you the reader to feel the
narrator, so that you can not only imagine that you were there, but you can also almost
gather the same feelings as the narrator. In the begin he talks about how he first rode
through Baltimore happy, and filled with glee. Until he spoke to a stranger politely and
the stranger poked out his mouth and calls him/her a nigger. In this event he states
towards the end of the poem, "I saw the whole of Baltimore from May until December; of all
the things that happen there that's all that I remember". It took that one event to leave
an impression about Baltimore that was unforgettable. And no matter how nice the remainder
of his/her stay the event was imprinted in their mind.

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