America | Study Guide

Claude McKay

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Overview

Author

Claude McKay

Year Published

1921

Type

Poem

Genre

Fiction

Perspective and Narrator

"America" is written in the first-person perspective by an unnamed speaker who is young, male, and black. The use of "I" suggests the poem may be autobiographical, as both the speaker and the author have the same demographic. Claude McKay published this poem when he was 32 years old.

Tense

"America" is written in the present tense.

About the Title

America is the subject of Claude McKay's poem. Although McKay never directly mentions America within the poem, the personified "she" in the first line refers to the country itself. McKay considers the past, present, and future of America through the lens of his personal relationship with "her."

Summary

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