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Duncan Campbell Scott, "The Onondaga Madonna" (1898)She stands full-throated and with careless pose,This woman of a weird and waning race,The tragic savage lurking in her face,Where all her pagan passion burns and glows;Her blood is mingled with her ancient foes,And thrills with war and wildness in her veins;Her rebel lips are dabbled with the stainsOf feuds and forays and her father's woes.And closer in the shawl about her breast,The latest promise of her nation's doom,Paler than she her baby clings and lies,The primal warrior gleaming from his eyes;He sulks, and burdened with his infant gloom,He draws his heavy brows and will not rest.
The poem of Mr. Scott depicts a woman of aboriginal culture with her child. The poem while it is both beautiful and lyrical, it is also racist and with many negative connotations. Onondaga is the name of one of the oldest Iroquoians tribes in Canada. When looking up the meaning of Madonna, is a depiction of the virgin Mary, usually sitting and holding baby Jesus in her arms.