Patriotism At Its Finest

Posted: January 20, 2012 in Uncategorized

America

By Claude McKay

Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.
Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate,
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,
Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,
Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.
As I searched around poetryoutloud.org, I couldn’t help but think something: There should be more poems about the great country we live in. Reading this poem gave me a certain patriotic feel. I felt as  if I just wanted to start singing “OHHH SAY, CAN YOU SEEE…”.
1. A significant sentence I found was:
“Although she feeds me bread of bitterness,
And sinks into my throat her tiger’s tooth,
Stealing my breath of life, I will confess
I love this cultured hell that tests my youth.”
-He’s saying that even though he has some bad times in America, as we all do, he still loves it because it’s in his blood.
2. Another one I found was:
“Her vigor flows like tides into my blood,
Giving me strength erect against her hate,
Her bigness sweeps my being like a flood.
Yet, as a rebel fronts a king in state,”
-Again saying that it’s as if he can go through all the adversity he faces and he comes out stronger because of it.
3. The last line I liked was:
“Beneath the touch of Time’s unerring hand,

Like priceless treasures sinking in the sand.”
-He’s pretty much saying that through time this land/country is always his treasure.
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