Close studying on the poem " If We Must Die” by Claude McKay
If We Must Perish
If we must die—let it does not be like hogs
Hunted and penned within an inglorious place,
While rounded us start barking the mad and hungry dogs,
Making their make fun of at each of our accursed great deal.
If we must die—oh, we will nobly pass away,
So that each of our precious blood may not be shed
In vain; then even the monsters we defy
Should be constrained to honor us though dead!
Oh, Kinsmen! We must satisfy the common foe;
Though far outnumbered, allow us to show us daring,
And for their very own thousand blows deal one particular deathblow!
What though ahead of us is situated the available grave?
Just like men most of us face the murderous, cowardly pack,
Hard pressed to the wall, dying, although fighting again!
In his composition " If We Must Die” Claude McKay calls in the Kinsmen to " meet the common foe”. By using creature imagery describing the oppressed as well as the oppressor, he presents their relationship as the one of poor hunted victims and unethical hunters and thereby offers reason and justification to fight back.
McKay uses the pet imagery for the oppressed to picture all of them as the hunted and thus points to the honour of the oppressed for making them wake up and fight back. In the 1st quatrain in the sonnet the oppressed within their actual situation are provided as " hogs” getting hunted and penned within an inglorious spot” (l 1& 2). This kind of unpleasant comparison of the oppressed with a large amount of wild animals in an inglorious location is used to cause a strong emotional result of the resolved. By exhibiting how miserable they look inside their present circumstance, he is interesting them by way of a honour, hoping to get them off their chair, start question the situation and showing a reaction in the way of