Claude McKay's Early Poetry (1911-1922): A Digital CollectionMain MenuIntroduction: About this SiteAmardeep Singh, Lehigh UniversityConstab Ballads (1912) -- Digital EditionClaude McKay's "Constab Ballads"Songs of Jamaica (1912): Digital EditionBook of poetry by Claude McKay. Preface by Walter Jekyll.Early Uncollected Poetry (1911-1922)Uncollected Poems by Claude McKay published in Jamaican, British, and American magazinesWorkers Dreadnought PoetrySpring in New Hampshire (1920): Digital EditionHarlem Shadows (1922): Digital EditionHarlem Shadows Digital EditionSelected Poems of Claude McKay (1953)Approximating the Table of Contents of "Selected Poems of Claude McKay"Criticism and Contextual EssaysWorks CitedWorks Cited for "Claude McKay's Early Poetry (1912-1922)"TEI/XML Editions (in progress/coming soon)Links to TEI versions of these textsAmardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1
Claude McKay reads aloud his poems
12017-07-13T10:16:20-04:00Amardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1691Claude McKay reads If We Must Die, Issac's Church Petrograd, & The Tropics in New York from the compilation album Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like The ...plain2017-07-13T10:16:20-04:00L_xpilVoWuoYouTube2016-09-04T00:33:23.000ZthepostarchiveAmardeep Singhc185e79df2fca428277052b90841c4aba30044e1
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12016-11-11T18:27:54-05:00If We Must Die5The Liberator (July 1919); Workers Dreadnought (September 6, 1920); Harlem Shadows (1922)plain2020-01-14T15:51:07-05:001919, 1922Class, Liberation, Race, Revolution, Slavery, Soul If we must die, let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot. If we must die, O let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! O kinsmen! we must meet the common foe ! Though far outnumbered let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one death-blow! What though before us lies the open grave? Like men we’ll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!
(The Liberator, 1919. Workers Dreadnought, September 1920. Harlem Shadows, 1922) (Edited and Proofread by Brenda Martinez)