Complete Poems

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University of Illinois Press, 2000 - 627 pages

Containing more than three hundred poems, including nearly a hundred previously unpublished works, this unique collection showcases the intellectual range of Claude McKay (1889-1948), the Jamaican-born poet and novelist whose life and work were marked by restless travel and steadfast social protest. McKay's first poems were composed in rural Jamaican creole and launched his lifelong commitment to representing everyday black culture from the bottom up. Migrating to New York, he reinvigorated the English sonnet and helped spark the Harlem Renaissance with poems such as "If We Must Die." After coming under scrutiny for his communism, he traveled throughout Europe and North Africa for twelve years and returned to Harlem in 1934, having denounced Stalin's Soviet Union. By then, McKay's pristine "violent sonnets" were giving way to confessional lyrics informed by his newfound Catholicism.

McKay's verse eludes easy definition, yet this complete anthology, vividly introduced and carefully annotated by William J. Maxwell, acquaints readers with the full transnational evolution of a major voice in twentieth-century poetry.

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Contents

IV
3
V
4
VI
5
IX
6
X
7
XI
8
XII
13
XIII
14
LXXII
301
LXXIII
302
LXXIV
303
LXXV
304
LXXVI
310
LXXVII
312
LXXVIII
318
LXXIX
319

XV
16
XVI
19
XVII
22
XVIII
65
XX
67
XXI
70
XXII
73
XXIII
75
XXIV
76
XXV
79
XXVI
80
XXVII
82
XXVIII
87
XXIX
90
XXX
92
XXXI
127
XXXII
129
XXXIII
132
XXXIV
133
XXXV
135
XXXVII
138
XXXVIII
143
XXXIX
145
XL
147
XLII
149
XLIII
150
XLIV
153
XLV
156
XLVI
159
XLVII
161
XLVIII
163
XLIX
171
L
179
LI
189
LII
196
LIII
204
LIV
209
LV
211
LVIII
216
LIX
218
LX
220
LXI
222
LXII
223
LXIV
225
LXV
226
LXVI
232
LXVII
233
LXVIII
236
LXIX
239
LXX
241
LXXI
299
LXXX
320
LXXXI
323
LXXXII
328
LXXXIII
329
LXXXIV
330
LXXXV
339
LXXXVII
340
LXXXVIII
342
LXXXIX
347
XC
350
XCI
375
XCII
377
XCIII
378
XCIV
379
XCV
380
XCVI
382
XCVII
385
XCVIII
386
XCIX
392
C
396
CI
399
CII
401
CIII
404
CIV
405
CV
409
CVI
424
CVII
427
CVIII
429
CIX
441
CX
449
CXI
450
CXII
452
CXIII
461
CXIV
465
CXV
468
CXVI
483
CXVII
484
CXVIII
485
CXIX
491
CXX
497
CXXI
515
CXXII
527
CXXIII
573
CXXIV
575
CXXV
583
CXXVII
584
CXXVIII
587
CXXIX
595
CXXX
599
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About the author (2000)

Edgar Allan Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts on January 19, 1809. In 1827, he enlisted in the United States Army and his first collection of poems, Tamerlane and Other Poems, was published. In 1835, he became the editor of the Southern Literary Messenger. Over the next ten years, Poe would edit a number of literary journals including the Burton's Gentleman's Magazine and Graham's Magazine in Philadelphia and the Broadway Journal in New York City. It was during these years that he established himself as a poet, a short story writer, and an editor. His works include The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Murders in the Rue Morgue, The Mystery of Marie Roget, A Descent into the Maelstrom, The Masque of the Red Death, and The Raven. He struggle with depression and alcoholism his entire life and died on October 7, 1849 at the age of 40.

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