Biography- Claude McKay was born in Jamaica in 1889. Claude moved to Harlem after publishing his first books of poetry, and established himself as a literary voice for social justice during the Harlem Renaissance. Claude blended his African pride with his love of British poetry. He studied poetry and philosophy with British man Walter Jekyll, who encouraged him to begin producing poetry in his own Jamaican dialect.
Time Period- Claude McKay was a poet in the Harlem Renaissance time period. The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural, social, and artistic explosion that took place in Harlem, New York during the 1920s. Claude was like most in this time period and just really wanted an opportunity to succeed while being a colored man. He faced many challenges but the strides that Harlem was making, Claude was a big part of.
McKay's Work- If We Must Die and Harlem Shadows were among others of McKay's most famous poems. Considering the time period a plethora of Claude's works dealt with racial injustice and abuse. He was a big believer in the freedom of all people and all races being treated equal. Claude was a minority and was often not taken seriously. https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/if-we-must-die https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/44693
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