In Claude McKay’s poem, “America”, we can see how the author is in a complicated relationship with America. He explains the fact that he feels challenged with America, even though he loves her so much but it’s still a toxic relationship for him. In some of the lines he explains the fact that there are tides in his blood. For example “Her vigor flows like tides into my blood” explains the fact that America is a part of his body and he can’t get rid of her out of his system because he loves America so much to the point where he can’t get rid of her. In class, we all came to a conclusion where we all believed this whole situation was a toxic relationship, where they would hate each other but even if they hate each other it doesn’t stop him from loving her though. In this quote, also explains how he feels about America, “I love this cultured hell that tests my youth” he basically saying that he loves America so much but even though he hates her, it’s more like an hate and love relationship. America could be a great thing but could also be a horrible thing so it’s really an in-between love for it, so this poem is very understanding and has a deep meaning into it.