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“Any Human to Another”Countee CullenPoem Summary The first stanza expresses sorrow as an arrow piercing into the depth of the human body. The second stanza compares the grief of two as being combined and separate like a sea andriver. The third stanza states that no one should be so assured that they have a space that is all theirown separate from society in protected in happiness The forth stanza proclaims that joy be known to a few, but grief is only known to those with atrue heart. In the last stanza grief is compared to a blade struck and laid at the feet of a crown.FormFive StanzasRhyme Scheme – ABCCAB, AABCCB, ABABCCD, ABABB, ABCDCBDThemes The body, violence, and nature and camping terms used to express the human condition andemotionSymbolic and Figurative Language There are many similes and metaphors Sorrow like an arrow through the bone People’s different is like the sea and river A man with a tent pitched in the meadow under the Sun’s Shadow is a place protected fromhappiness. Sorrow cuts like a blade. Sorrow must be laid on your head like a crown.Poet Information Countee Cullen was born in 1903 and raised in New York City first by his Grandmother and thenby Reverend and Mrs. Frederick Cullen. He attended a prestigious New York City prep school,NYU, and then Harvard. By then, she was a leading poet in the Harlem Renaissance movement.He was briefly married to Yolande Du Bois, daughter of W. E. B. Du Bois and spend a short timestudying in Paris. In the 1930’s he also wrote the novel , One Way to Heaven as well as shortstories for children before becoming a teacher in New York City into the 1940’s.1Sarah Stoloff“Any Human to Another”Countee CullenKey FactsPoem of the Harlem RenaissanceSource My own analysis2Sarah Stoloff