Group 4:


We shall not always plant while others reap
The golden increment of bursting fruit,
Nor always countenance, abject and mute,
That lesser men should hold their brothers cheap;
Not everlastingly while others sleep
Shall we beguile their limbs with mellow flute,
Not always bend to some more subtle brute.
We were not made eternally to weep.

The night, whose sable breast relieves the stark,
White stars, is no less lovely being dark;
And there are buds that cannot bloom at all
In light, but crumple, piteous, and fall.
So in the dark we hid the heart that bleeds,
And wait, and tend our agonizing needs.

  • This poem basically talks about the way life prevails itself
    in a way that it touches the human heart with deep integerty.The way the book
    does is that uses real life problems with the common people.
  • We believe that that Countee Cullen wrote this poem during the Harlem Renaissance, or the raoring 20's

Discussion of the speaker of the poem

  • The speaker or the "voice" is us because the poem is bieng read as a first person.
"We shall not always plant while others reap"
"We were not made eternally to weep."

Discussion of metaphors
  • planting seeds and reaping fruit-This symbol invariably refers to the natural sequence of things

Review and Assess
1.Respond: Can you identify or empathize with the speaker of a poem? Why or why not?
1. Answer

2.(a)Recall: Which word is repeated five times in the first stanza?
2a. Answer

(b) Analyze: What is the effect of this repetition?
b. Answer

3.(a)Recall: What contrast or opposition does the speaker set up in lines 9-10?
3a. Answer
(b) Interpret: What does Cullen mean by "no less lovely bieng dark"?
b. Answer

4.(a) Infer: Who is "we" in the poem?
4a. Answer

(b) Intepret: What distinction does the speaker draw between the circumstances of "we" and those of "others"?
4b. Answer

5. Evaluate: do you think that waiting is an appropiate responce to the conflicts described in the poem? Explain.
5. Answer

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