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Poem by Vachel Lindsay, published in The Congo and Other Poems (1914). With a sensational use of varied syncopated rhythms, occasional rhymes, and frequent alliteration, the poet presents this “roaring, epic, ragtime tune” on the traits of blacks: “Their Basic Savagery”; “Their Irrepressible High Spirits”; and “The Hope of Their Religion.”

Subjects: Literature.

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Vachel Lindsay (1879—1931)