Countee Cullen's Incident

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The poem “Incident” by Countee Cullen shows a dark side in society and it honestly made feel very disappointed. The speaker is reminiscing about his time living in baltimore; being called a racial slur by a kid of similar age as him, eight years of age. Although the incident may have occurred during the early 1900s, it still made me feel quite disappointed with society. A child young as 8 years old does not understand the connotations behind racial slurs. For the speaker to experience this from an early age and coming from a child of similar age is society’s fault. The environment created around the children. The effect of the division of the lines is for the transition and build-up of the story. Each individual stanza transition on after the
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