Pro Tips / March 12, 2018

Motivation Monday: “After the Winter” by Claude McKay

Claude McKay was a Jamaican writer. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance, a movement within the Modernist period in America (generally, the period between the two world wars). McKay was open in his work about his disdain for intolerance and was an active proponent of African American rights.

After the Winter

Some day, when trees have shed their leaves

And against the morning’s white

The Shiving birds beneath the eaves

Have sheltered for the night,

We’ll turn out faces southward, love,

Toward the summer isle

Where bamboos spire the shafted grove

And wide-mouthed orchids smile.


And we will seek the quiet hill

Where towers the cotton tree,

And leaps the laughing crystal rill,

And works the droning bee.

And we will build a cottage there

Beside an open gale,

With black-ribbed blue-bells blowing near,

And ferns that never fade.

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Mona Beydoun
I am a graduate written communications student. In addition to writing for the Holman Success Center blog I also work as the graduate assistant for the Eastern Michigan Writing Project and Campus and Community Writing. I enjoy reading and watching period dramas in my free time.

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