By Margaret Perry
A protracted 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 info for A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946
In any case, a divorce was granted to Mrs. Cullen in Paris, in March of 1930. During his stay abroad, Countee Cullen wrote a series of articles that appeared in Crisis in the spring and summer of 1929. Mr. Arna Bontemps, a friend and collaborator of Mr. Cullen, analyzed this period of Countee Cullen's life and came to the conclusion that the poet was hoping for a resurgence of his creative powers. As Mr. Bontemps expressed it: His stay in France was extended a year beyond his original plans, but that wasn't enough.
The survey of reviews of his work follows in chapter 3. Countee Cullen was primarily a lyricist, influenced by romantic poets of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Keats was perhaps the poet he most admired; and his most characteristic lyrics show a penchant toward writing in the style of Housman, Millay, and Edwin Arlington Robinson. " 2 Therefore, it is not surprising to note that, besides poems concerning the race problem, Cullen's other two most constant themes were love and death. Emanuel Eisenberg explicitly cited this tendency in Cullen's poetry when his second book, Copper Sun, appeared.
When Color was published, Jessie Fauset wrote a review strongly expressing the opinion that Cullen's writing about his race produced his best poetry: Here I am convinced is Mr. Cullen's forte; he has the feeling and the gift to express coloredness in a 26 THE POETRY OF CULLEN world of whiteness. . I hope he will not be deflected from continuing to do that of which he has made such a brave and beautiful beginning. " 8 Certainly he could not escape the fact of being a Negro, and being a sensitive man, could not eschew the compelling wish to say what could be expressed only by a Negro.
A Bio-Bibliography of Countee P. Cullen, 1903-1946 by Margaret Perry