by Claude McKay
For the dim regions whence my fathers came
My spirit, bondaged by the body, longs.
Words felt, ...
... but never heard, my lips would frame;
My soul would sing forgotten jungle songs.
I would go back to darkness and to peace,
But the great western world holds me in fee,
And I may never hope for full release
While to its alien gods I bend my knee.
Something in me is lost, forever lost,
Some vital thing has gone out of my heart,
And I must walk the way of life a ghost
Among the sons of earth, a thing apart;
For I was born, far from my native clime,
Under the white man's menace, out of time.
"Outcast." Claude McKay, 1922.
What is the overall theme of the poem?
This question has not been answered. Can you answer it? Please add your answer below ...
(See complete conversation and new answers below)
There are no new answers.