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
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12016-11-11T13:55:30-05:00Travail3Workers Dreadnought, January 10, 1920plain2016-11-14T14:06:07-05:001920Labor, Revolution, Nature, Class The crimson rides the universal wind, The raven spreads his pinions, follows after, The eagles, leaden-winged, are left behind: The old foundations shake from sill to rafter Deal to the doubters' jeers, the weaklings' means. The toilers, tired of yielding and false giving Bend to the mighty task, with solacing groans, Of making the earth fit for human living. My ear is tuned unto new voices shrieking Their jarring notes of life-exalting strife: My soul soars singing, with flame forces seeking The grandest purpose, noblest path of life: Where scarlet pennants blaze like tongues of fire, There—where high passion swells—is my heart's desire.
--Workers Dreadnought, January 10, 1920. Signed Claude McKay