In: Other Topics. Unless you can accomplish this, you can never actually know the One. There was no perfect person before Jesus and there has been no perfect person since. I know God, and am unified with God even though I to sin. I go to God with the good, the bad, the ugly, and regardless he is always there. Together we relish in the good, he comforts me during the bad, and forgives me through the ugly.
"If We Must Die" in its Original Context
An Analysis Of If We Must Die By Claude Mckay - Words | Bartleby
if we must die
This post is a little different than my usual discussions. While it is an essay format as opposed to my normal blog post, I wanted to share it with you all:. So without further ado, my essay. I have also posted the original poem so you know what I am discussing. As part of his poetry collection Harlem Shadows, McKay wrote this poem in order to reveal the struggle of Black Americans of the time, as well as his desire to fight in that struggle for equality.
McKay's poem is a 14 line "Shakespearean sonnet," heavily end-stopped and broken up into three quatrains 4 line stanzas and a final couplet. The first quatrain unfolds as just one sentence, beginning with the eponymous line "If we must die," which will be repeated twice in the poem. These first four lines establish the basic premise of the poem: the speaker and his allies are under attack and are going to die, and the force opposing them is powerful and vicious. While McKay does not give us any concrete details about the speaker, his allies, or their enemies—and indeed the poem contains little sensory language and, notably, no language relating to color—we can deduce that the speaker is almost certainly a man, speaking to men or mostly men.