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The sonnet form, his use of language and metaphor, help establish this contradiction. McKay is expressing a feeling both of gratitude and of resentment, of pain and pleasure, of admiration and contempt. “Although she feeds me bread of bitterness, /And sinks into my throat her tiger's tooth, / Stealing my breath of life, I will confess /I love this cultured hell that tests my youth!