If We Must Die

Claude McKay

If We Must Die...

If we must die—let it not be like hogs Hunted and penned in an inglorious spot, While round us bark the mad and hungry dogs, Making their mock at our accursed lot. If we must die—oh, let us nobly die, So that our precious blood may not be shed In vain; then even the monsters we defy Shall be constrained to honor us though dead! Oh, Kinsmen! We must meet the common foe; Though far outnumbered, let us show us brave, And for their thousand blows deal one deathblow! What though before us lies the open grave? Like men we'll face the murderous, cowardly pack, Pressed to the wall, dying, but fighting back!

Poem: Main Idea

Claude McKay throughout this poem is saying that if he must die, he wants to be remembered in a positive way. This poem is saying to never give up, no matter the circumstances. Show your bravery with everything you do. If you are going to be defeated, do not give up until you are lying on the ground dead.

Why I chose "If We Must Die"

I chose this poem because of two main reasons. First, I was looking under the categories that I thought fit my interests best which are passion and life. Secondly, I picked this poem because it described my basic mind set. I want to be remembered for the hard work and dedication in everything that I've done. This poem connected with me in a way on other poem has.

Dignity:


So society just can't let us be

Please don't be ashamed

We are not to blame

The future's ours to take

We will make mistakes

Scream this loud and proud

We will not back down


So lets go and relieve the pressure

Anarchy will only make it better

We can't, we won't surrender

We can't, we won't surrender!


We're not scared 'cause our life in danger

Reality will only make us stronger

We can't, we won't surrender

We can't, we won't surrender!


Don't tell me where I will lay in your cemetery

Don't try to silence and bury me

Don't push me 'cause I won't go quietly

I rather die with dignity


Let them put us down, hope we're not around

They pray we go away

But we're here to stay


Time is on our side

Our two worlds collide


So let's go and relieve the pressure

Anarchy will only make it better

We can't, we won't surrender

We can't, we won't surrender!


We're not scared 'cause our life in danger

Reality will only make us stronger

We can't, we won't surrender

We can't, we won't surrender!


Don't tell me where I will lay in your cemetery

Don't try to silence and bury me

Don't push me 'cause I won't go quietly

I rather die with dignity


Dignity!

Connection

This song and this poem relate by both talking about never giving up. Both the song and the poem talk about dying with dignity. In both the song and the poem it talks about fighting until you have nothing left, giving it your all until your last breath. I think that this songs connects very well with this poem because I feel the same feelings when I read the poem as I do when I hear the song. This songs describes this poem perfectly, just in a longer version.

Never Give up

Never Give Up

Even when the times get rough,

Fight until you can't fight anymore.

Be Brave, Be Courageous,

Make your last breath one that no one will ever forget.

Never Give Up

If you are going to be defeated,

fight until you are lying on the ground dead.

Give it your all, until you can't give anymore.

Just remember one thing,

Never Give Up.