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Militancy and aesthetics of poetry: a study of Claude Mckay Verses Harlem Renaissance

Mishael C. Nwaiwu


For a proper understanding of Claude McKay’s poetry and literary aesthetics, adequate attention must be paid to the various phases of his development as a poet and his inclination as a political revolutionary activist. These can be divided into: Claude McKay before the 1920s, Claude McKay within the 1920s and Claude Mckay beyond the 1930s. These phases are captured in the various collections of verses of the periods. As a Jamaican schoolboy, Claude Mckay celebrated his poetic talent in two volumes of his dialectic poetry: Songs of Jamaica and Constab Ballads (1912).

Keywords: Militancy, aesthetics of poetry, Claude Mckey Verses, Harlem Renaissance

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