Laura asked in Arts & HumanitiesPoetry · 9 years ago

analyze the poem: Lift Every Voice and Sing?

Im having trouble understand and interpreting this poem by James W. Johnson. 10 points to best answer!!!

Lyrics are below:

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and heaven ring,

Ring with the harmonies of liberty;

Let our rejoicing rise, high as the list’ning skies,

Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.

Sing a song full of the faith

that the dark past has taught us,

Sing a song full of the hope

that the present has brought us;

Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,

Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod, bitter the chast’ning rod,

Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;

Yet with a steady beat, have not our weary feet,

Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?

We have come over a way

that with tears has been watered.

We have come, treading our path

thro’ the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from a gloomy past, till now we stand at last

Where the white gleam

of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years, God of our silent tears,

Thou who has brought us thus far on the way;

Thou who hast by thy might, led us into the light,

Keep us forever in the path, we pray.

Lest our feet stray from the places

Our God where we met Thee,

Lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world

we forget Thee;

Shadowed beneath Thy hand

May we forever stand,

True to our God,

True to our native land

1 Answer

  • 9 years ago
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    It isn't really a poem, it's a song lyric. The message is straightforward, and there is nothing to think about (quite the reverse) - so there isn't much here to analyse.

    Verse 1 says 'You people ought to sing.'

    Verse 2 says 'We used to be slaves, and that wasn't much fun.But we are not slaves anymore.'

    Verse 3 says 'God, we really enjoy worshiping You.'

    There really isn't much going on here, it's just a party.

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