The suffering and strife of the black community worldwide is a big issue in the time of Marcus Garvey. He really emphasizes this in his poems like “Recitative Song” and “The Battle Hymn of Africa”. This gives Garvey a unique writing style, which was influenced by his life experiences, and was really unique for his time. He is also known to constantly write about how being proud and strong for your people is critical in the fight against wrong doings towards the negro people, and how his poems inspire people. “Recitative Song” and “The Battle Hymn of Africa” are interesting to read because they have the elements of a powerful and inspiring poem.
Marcus Mosiah Garvey was born on August 17, 1887 in Ann’s Bay, Jamaica. His first ten years of life was marked by his growing passion for learning and being trained in the printing business. Later a love for writing was instilled in him after being employed at the printing shop of P.A. Benjamin Manufacturing Company ("Garvey, 1"). Garvey later founded organizations and corporations like the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL), the Negro Factories Corporation, Black Star Line Steamship
Corporation, and many more ("Garvey, 1") These organizations and corporations helped him to develop his unique writing style. It made him develop that inspiring and powerful voice in
his writings like “Recitative Song” and “The Battle Hymn of Africa”. He instills his idea or mentality of not letting anything or anyone wrong or unjust get you down, you must be strong for your people and your race. Garvey remained a Christian unlike many other activists for black self-reliance and recovery of pride. this faithfulness to his religion also influenced his writings. He also instills in his work that God is ever there if you believe, and let him lead the way to victory. ("Garvey, 1")
“Recitative Song” is about a black soldier fighting hard in...