Etheridge Knight

(1931 - 1991 / Mississippi)

A Poem For Myself - Poem by Etheridge Knight

(or Blues for a Mississippi Black Boy)

I was born in Mississippi;
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Comments about A Poem For Myself by Etheridge Knight

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal Mohammed Asim Nehal (7/18/2016 7:32:00 AM)

    The pain of the poet in his poem writing about him is very strong and poignant......Nicely written poem. (Report) Reply

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  • * Sunprincess * (2/15/2016 3:14:00 PM)

    ............a very nicely penned blues poem ★ (Report) Reply

  • Dutendra Chamling Dutendra Chamling (11/15/2015 3:43:00 AM)

    ...Going back to Mississippi
    This time to stay for good...
    Gonna be free in Mississippi
    Or dead in the Mississippi mud...

    beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Fabrizio Frosini Fabrizio Frosini (7/25/2015 11:17:00 AM)

    Gonna be free in Mississippi
    Or dead in the Mississippi mud.

    his soul sings all his pain (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus Michelle Claus (5/4/2014 10:05:00 PM)

    When the thoughts are first introduced, it sounds like the poet is telling us, the readers. When the thoughts are repeated, it sounds like the poet is telling himself - like he needs to plant his rock-solid realities in his mind and make peace with them. This would align with the poem's title, A Poem for Myself. It works well. (Report) Reply

  • Colleen Courtney (5/3/2014 5:31:00 PM)

    I really enjoyed this bluesy poem! Has a very lyrical rhythm to it! (Report) Reply

  • Palas Kumar Ray Palas Kumar Ray (5/3/2014 11:40:00 AM)

    This is something different, straight & bold.Love it how you did. (Report) Reply

  • Leslie Philibert (5/3/2014 9:19:00 AM)

    Great poem with a real blues feeling,12-Bar pure... (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (5/3/2014 6:12:00 AM)

    Home always calls us back. It stays same in our memory even when every thing there has changed with time. Touched by this simple poem. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/1/2013 9:29:00 AM)

    Blessed the Mississippi muddy track
    That such a poet was born there
    It matters not if it be white, brown or black
    But this is true poetry just raw and bare

    Excellent poem with an earthy feel. Welcome to all ye poets who are reading this to my page. (Report) Reply

  • Besa Dede Besa Dede (5/3/2013 9:46:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem about expressing his feelings for his hometown. It is true there is no place like home!
    I like the way the author emphasizes his thoughts by repeating the stanzas. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (7/9/2012 5:09:00 AM)

    loved this piece...seems songlike but that made me sing through the words....there is a wonderful balance of joy honesty and pain.. great how it went full circle from the mud in mississippi.tyvm...karen (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (5/5/2012 3:02:00 PM)

    In spite of a very hard life, he somehow discovered that, truly, there is no place like home. (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (5/5/2012 3:00:00 PM)

    In spite of a very hard life, but somehow discovered that, truly, there is no place like home. (Report) Reply

  • Thomas Duncky Thomas Duncky (5/3/2012 9:45:00 AM)

    east west home is best (Report) Reply

  • Not Yer Buissiness (2/1/2007 3:04:00 PM)

    This poem is really powerful! Nice! (Report) Reply

  • Egal Bohen Egal Bohen (2/11/2006 6:41:00 PM)

    I like this one a lot - probably because Mississippi is a magic word for me, show me that stream called the river Jordan.........
    Egal... (Report) Reply

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