Yet Do I MarvelI doubt not God is good, well-meaning, kind,
And did He stoop to quibble could tell why
The little buried mole continues blind,
Why flesh that mirrors Him must some day die,
Make plain the reason tortured Tantalus [Greek mythic figure eternally tortured by unsatisfied temptation]
Is baited by the fickle fruit, declare
If merely brute caprice dooms Sisyphus [Greek mythic king condemned to roll immense stone up a hill, only to have it roll down again]
To struggle up a never-ending stair.
1. What's Romantic (or not) about the poem?
3. As the poem is written by an
African American poet, what pressures to read the poem either separately from
or as part of it?