ON BROADWAY

- By Claude McKay
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Festus Claudius McKay (September 15, 1890[1] – May 22, 1948) was a Jamaican-American writer and poet, and a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Born in Jamaica, McKay first traveled to the United States to attend college, and encountered W.E.B. Du Bois’s The Souls of Black Folk which stimulated McKay’s interest in political involvement. He moved to New York City in 1914 and in 1919 wrote "If We Must Die", one of his best known works, a widely reprinted sonnet responding to the wave of white-on-black race riots and lynchings following the conclusion of the First World War.

ON BROADWAY

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About me young careless feet
Linger along the garish street;
Above, a hundred shouting signs
Shed down their bright fantastic glow
Upon the merry crowd and lines
Of moving carriages below.
Oh wonderful is Broadway - only
My heart, my heart is lonely.

Desire naked, linked with Passion,
Goes trutting by in brazen fashion;
From playhouse, cabaret and inn
The rainbow lights of Broadway blaze
All gay without, all glad within;
As in a dream I stand and gaze
At Broadway, shining Broadway - only
My heart, my heart is lonely.

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Words: 89

Unique Words : 68

Sentences : 3

Reading Time : 0:23

Noun : 31

Conjunction : 5

Adverb : 4

Interjection : 1

Adjective : 11

Pronoun : 7

Verb : 11

Preposition : 14

Letter Count : 416

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Neutral

Difficult Words : 32

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