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Yet Do I Marvel Tough-o-Meter

By Countee Cullen

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(5) Tree Line

"Yet Do I Marvel" is definitely a poemy poem. We've got a traditional form, a strict rhyme scheme, some funny sounding syntax to keep the lines in iambic pentameter (check out "Form and Meter"), allusions to Greek mythology, a meditation on the nature of God's mind, and all of it packed into fourteen lines. So while this poem is awesome, it takes take a little bit of time to unpack. But once you trek the complicated formal terrain of this poem, you'll too be marveling at what's waiting for you at the end.

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