Claude McKay: Poems

The castaways

What picture does the poet present in line 8-14 ?

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There seems to be a sense of might and strength.

Yet as a rebel fronts a king in state,
I stand within her walls with not a shred
Of terror, malice, not a word of jeer.
Darkly I gaze into the days ahead,
And see her might and granite wonders there,