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Yet Do I Marvel Summary & Analysis
by Countee Cullen

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"Yet Do I Marvel" is a sonnet by the American poet Countee Cullen, published in his 1925 collection Color. This poem grapples with an ancient question: why would a good and loving God allow so much suffering in the world? In the poem's final couplet, the speaker relates this idea to his own circumstances, asking why God would make a Black man a poet in a time of extreme racial prejudice. The fact that Cullen remains one of the best-known poets of the Harlem Renaissance adds both to the poem's poignancy and its power: Cullen was up against terrible odds, but "s[a]ng" anyway.

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