Incident by Countee Cullen. Incident Learning Guide by PhD students from Stanford, Harvard, Berkeley. Incident. by Countee Cullen (). Once riding in old Baltimore, Heart- filled, head-filled with glee, I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking straight at me. Countée Cullen’s “Incident” dramatizes an event in the life of a young boy that ruined his memory of his visit to the city of Baltimore.

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This is an ad network. Countee Cullen’s Other Poems. Soon after graduation from high school, in the yearhe won the second prize for an undergraduate poetry contest by Witter Bynner.

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Young poet38 – Thanks my bro im from bmore over west fr i enjoyed that one my g thanks alot on Nov 24 It’s a shame they dountee something so trivial wreck their vacation Beautiful is all I can say! This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized.

Funny AF, I enjoyed hearing siri say the n word. Lastly the poet says, he had been in Baltimore for a long time May — Dec however, no matter what he saw or where he went, the only thing that linger in his mind, is this particular incident of being humiliated and called as a Black.

While many people find it difficult to recall much of what happened to them at such an early age, and the same can be said of this speaker as he indicates in the poem, the gravity of this occurrence has remained with him and blighted his remembrance of his visit to a major American city. Make comments, explore modern poetry.


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ComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Words can leave worse marks then bullets, it strips away the humanity and leaves a dehumanized state. BrenoP – Cool on Oct 28 The speaker describes his visit ckllen Baltimore, where he is riding on some public transportation perhaps a city bus.

The fact that he does not remember anything after so many years except the word ‘Nigger’ with which the local boy called him.

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It demonstrates how one hateful word can erase months of possibly good, harmonious memories. For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: Now I was eight and very small, And he was no whit bigger, And so I smiled, but he poked out This stanga counte very nice His tongue, and called me, ‘ Report Reply.

So the speaker “smiled” at the kid.

Summary of “Incident” by Countee Cullen

However, at this icident the speaker has not revealed that he was just a child of eight years. An adult man is looking back at an “incident” that occurred when he was a mere child, eight years old. The poet incideny explains that racism is painful and no matter at what age you may have to face it, it leaves a scar in your mind for a lifetime. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.

This poem offers a ckuntee glimpse at a very brief experience in the life of a human being at the beginning of his life, the beginning of his consciousness as a human being.


That made him wonders why the stranger was starring at him for long? The poet says that even blacks are humans and they too deserve to be equal and have proved that they could make it to the top, in spite of the obstacles they had to face. Why are people so mean? This website uses incldent As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. One of the most painful poems ever written I remember reading this as a young boy in the South.

This is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. He says in the poem in the second stanza that, he was a kid then who was just eight years old and the stranger who was starring was also not anyone older than him, it was just another boy of the same age.

This is feature allows you to search the site. Google provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. Incidwnt then the “incident” occurred: One small word had left such a big impact that the poet didn’t remember any other word or incident after that, though he stayed in Baltimore for eight more months.

Incident Iincident riding in old Baltimore, Heart-filled, head-filled with glee; I saw a Baltimorean Keep looking counte at me. Counttee Poems Around The World. During his travel he happened to notice a Baltimorean starring at him for now reason.