Vachel Lindsay

(November 10, 1879 – December 5, 1931 / Springfield, Illinois)

The Congo: A Study of the Negro Race


<i>I. THEIR BASIC SAVAGERY</i>

Fat black bucks in a wine-barrel room,
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  • Freshman - 2,098 Points John Richter (11/24/2014 8:40:00 AM)

    Generally I abhor sending pieces to history and shame for having been written at a time ago when feelings and therefore laws were different than our own. I think it sad that today's children will probably never read the great tales of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer because the stories of Injun' Joe or ol' Black Jim are seen by some as racist.. Or lose the chance to read Captain's Ahab's adventures with Moby Dick and Queesqueg, his expert spearman. Such treasures these. But Lindsay's piece above is simply boring to me, shocking to the senses, and a loss to my time spent reading it. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 37,362 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (11/24/2014 1:08:00 AM)

    Boomlay, boomlay, boomlay, BOOM, poem contains thrills and music within it Mumbo-Jumbo will hoo-doo you.
    Mumbo... Jumbo... will... hoo-doo... you. very interesting write (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hugh Keel (2/21/2014 2:21:00 PM)

    Excellent rhyme and meter. Unfortunately in today's PC climate it will be misinterpreted by many (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 4,816 Points Savita Tyagi (11/24/2013 1:08:00 PM)

    Some time I read a poem and as a lover of history and literature go back into reading of poets biography. Appreciating the rhythm and music of this beautiful poem I am glad to know a little bit more of poet's life and his earnest love for poetry. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Rebekah Gamble (5/31/2006 9:16:00 PM)

    I absolutely adore this poem, especially the firs section. When introducing a class of younger students, teenagers mostly, to poetry, I often use that part of this poem to interest them. I demonstrate the beat of the poem with my hands on a desk, and they begin it after the first three lines are read. For the part described as 'A rapidly piling climax of speed & racket, ' I'll tell them to make whatever noises they want, just nothing I have to write them up for (i.e. screaming indecent words) . Often there is a student who can make the sound of the ghost aswell. This helps them see that poetry in general is not always clean-cut and dry, but can be fun and interesting. Further, by only doing the first section and making copies of the poem available, they begin to read poetry on their own. (Report) Reply

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