Claude Mckay's The Tropics Of New York

Words: 1319
Pages: 6

New York City, commonly known as “The Melting Pot” or “The Big Apple” offers excitement and freedom for many people around the globe. Claude McKay, author of the poem, “The Tropics of New York,” saw this pinnacle city as a symbol of fresh starts and new beginnings. McKay grew up with his family in Jamaica. The family decided they wanted to experience the freedoms of the United States of America and moved to New York City. The big move put Claude McKay in quite the culture shock. McKay dealt with the experience by using writing and poetry as his creative and emotional outlet. Claude McKay has many famous works, one in particular involving his move from Jamaica to New York City. McKay uses many literary devices throughout his works to convey …show more content…
He uses descriptive language and many adjectives to describe the scene before him. The imagery paints a very vivid picture of the store window and even McKay’s memories of Jamaica. His choice of language makes Jamaica seem incredibly desirable and exotic. He uses many words that almost trigger his memories of Jamaica, his true home. A reader can expect to have many incredible mental illustrations of Jamaica and its tropical paradise. McKay’s imagery describes Jamaica as a beautiful place full of peace and bliss. The use of this imagery makes the reader more intrigued by and connected to the poem and the overall message the author is trying to convey. It makes reading much more exciting and imaginative. Claude McKay’s imagery also displays how much he cares about his home. He does nothing but praise his homeland and describe it as if it is the most magical land on Earth. One can’t help but notice McKay’s passion and love for his home country of Jamaica. The imagery in this poem shows how important home is, as we experience Claude McKay’s intense longing and desire for his