Thursday, February 5, 2015

Countee Cullen

You may not know a lot about Countee Cullen, but his life was very touching. Countee Cullen was one of the most talented poets of the Harlem Rennaisance. He was well known for his lyric poetry. His poetry was very up lifting to all of his readers. It was amazing that his poetry was so uplifting since his life was filled with rocky relationships and drama.

Countee Cullen was born on March 30, 1903. He was raised in a white family in New York near Baltimore. Growing up in a white family meant his upbringing was very different to other black children of his age. The Cullen family had adopted him because he was an orphan. He attended De Witt Clinton High School in New York; that is where he began writing poetry at the age of 14. Later, he attended New York University and his poems were published in “The Crisis.” W.E.B. DuBois, a well known writer and activist, helped Countee Cullen succeed in publishing his poetry. The first poem he published was “Yet I Do Marvel”, his most famos poem was “Heritage.”

Heritage talks about his love and courage for being African. In 1928 he married W.E.B. DuBois' daughter, Nina Yolande DuBois. Langston Hughes had introduced them.
He was good friends with Countee Cullen and W.E.B DuBois. When Cullen's married his daughter DuBois didn’t like Countee Cullen because he thought that he was a jerk. As months went by W.E.B DuBois thought he wasn’t so bad after all.

Countee Cullen and Nina DuBois later got a divorce in 1930. There was a rumor that Countee Cullen was a homosexual and had a relationship with Harold Jackman. This resulted in his having a rocky marriage. Countee Cullen continued in his lyric poetry for many years and his love for Africa. His lyric poetry was something that you could sing out or make a beautiful song about.
-Zykeria, 8th grade

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