Who is Claude Mckay

Festus Claudius "Claude" McKay (September 15, 1889 – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican writer and poet, who was a seminal figure in the Harlem Renaissance. He wrote four novels: Home to Harlem (1928), a best-seller that won the Harmon Gold Award for Literature, Banjo (1929), Banana Bottom (1933), and in 1941 a manuscript called Amiable With Big Teeth: A Novel of the Love Affair Between the Communists and the Poor Black Sheep of Harlem which remained unpublished until 2017. McKay also authored collections of poetry, a collection of short stories, Gingertown (1932), two autobiographical books, A Long Way from Home (1937) and My Green Hills of Jamaica (published posthumously), and a non-fiction, socio-historical treatise entitled Harlem: Negro Metropolis (1940). His 1922 poetry collect...
Read Full Biography

Claude Mckay Poems

  • My Mother

    Reg wished me to go with him to the field,
    I paused because I did not want to go; ...
  • When Dawn Comes To The City
    The tired cars go grumbling by,
    The moaning, groaning cars,
    And the old milk carts go rumbling by
    Under the same dull stars. ...
  • French Leave
    No servile little fear shall daunt my will
    This morning. I have courage steeled to say
    I will be lazy, conqueringly still,
    I will not lose the hours in toil this day. ...
  • Alfonso, Dressing To Wait At Table
    Alfonso is a handsome bronze-hued lad
    Of subtly-changing and surprising parts;
    His moods are storms that frighten and make glad,
    His eyes were made to capture women's hearts. ...
  • The Wild Goat
    O you would clothe me in silken frocks
    And house me from the cold,
    And bind with bright bands my glossy locks,
    And buy me chains of gold; ...
Read All Poems

Top 10 most used topics by Claude Mckay

Heart 32 Night 29 Love 25 I Love You 25 Sweet 22 Passion 20 Life 20 Body 16 Long 16 Light 16

Claude Mckay Quotes

Read All Quotes

Comments about Claude Mckay

  • Truebuffet: claude mckay, 1921
  • Rk70534: kaste claude mckay(1889-1948)
  • Brothernumpsay: i was lucky to have a public school education that focused on black luminaries. how many kids now know her name or ralph bunche or claude mckay? that needs to change.
  • Puschk: if we must die. the most famous poem of world war 2. by jamaican : claude mckay.
  • Dhami: max eastman's advice to claude mckay on his novel: get some rest, keep writing poetry
Read All Comments

Write your comment about Claude Mckay

Poem of the day

Ernest Dowson Poem
Yvonne Of Brittany
 by Ernest Dowson

In your mother's apple-orchard,
Just a year ago, last spring:
Do you remember, Yvonne!
The dear trees lavishing
Rain of their starry blossoms
To make you a coronet?
Do you ever remember, Yvonne,
As I remember yet?

Read complete poem

Popular Poets