Countee Cullen: Collected Poems Glossary

Countee Cullen: Collected Poems Glossary

Pawned

When an object has bee sold to secure money.

Goading

Deliberately annoying someone.

Juggernauts

Large, powerful vehicles.

Plighting

Promising one's loyalty or faith.

Troth

An archaic word for 'truth'.

Chafing

Uncomfortably rubbing against something.

Thumbs

To quickly flick through the pages of a book

Listlessly

Indifferently; without interest.

Scabbards

Swords or daggers.

Unremittent

Never relaxing; ongoing.

Writhing

Squirming, wriggling and thrashing; painful, uncomfortable movements.

Exuberance

Happiness and excitement.

Smitten

In love with or really pleased with someone.

Puritan

A member of the 16th century Protestants, who wanted to reform the church.

Cavalier

A group opposed to the Puritas.

Languid

Weak, faint or ill.

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