“The Bean Eaters” is the title poem of one of Gwendolyn Brooks’s ground- breaking poetry collections. When the book hit the streets in , Brooks was already. Technical analysis of The Bean Eaters literary devices and the technique of Gwendolyn Brooks. An original review of The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks (), in which the reviewer praises her “excellent sense of form.”.

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There is no formal meter to the poem. Pulitzer Prize winner Gwendolyn Brooks, who wrote more than twenty books of poetry in her lifetime, was the first black woman appointed Poet Laureate of the United States.

Metaphorical Imagery Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple. They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair. Beans are a cheap food, and the beooks eats them so often that they are referred to as “the bean eaters,” indicating the severity of their poverty.

Two who have lived their day, But keep on putting on their clothes And putting things away. Remembering, with twinklings and twinges, As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths, tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes. The poet shares some painful social discrimination in a very simple tone.

Moreover, their room is congested.

The qualities of utensils, particularly tin flatware and plain chipware also contribute to the same impression. Dinner is a casual affair. The less excitement of the setting is directly related to the excite less life of the old people who have nothing to do except waiting for death.

She has an excellent sense of form, and perhaps bwan important, she has a competent control of words. They have yellowed like old paper.

The white society always demands morality and virtue in the part of the blacks but ignores their suffering. The casual structure complements the simple nature of the couple’s lives. She has used jazz rhythm in this poem and breaks the traditional syntax of so called white discipline, morality and goodness.


Summary and Analysis Gwendolyn Brooks: The Ladies from the Ladies’ Betterment League Arrive in the afternoon, the late light slanting In diluted gold bars across the boulevard brag Of proud, seamed faces with exters and murder hinting Here, there, interrupting, all deep and debonair, The pink paint on the innocence of fear; Walk in a. Two who are Mostly Good. They might have thought about what they got being good.

Though they have been good throughout their life, have followed the so called white discipline and morality, they are now in a poor condition just left with beans to be eaten. You might also like: Rhyme and Meter The casualness and simplicity of the couple’s lives is reflected in the rhyme and meter of the poem. And the repeated use of word ‘remembering’ makes us think seriously about their achievement.

In the thorough reading of the poem, it seems to be the analysis of the poverty but ywendolyn the old yellow pair stands for the black, it represents the stories of the black. Series of Symbols “The Bean Eaters” is full of symbolism. Their age and poverty is again reinforced in this imagery.

The casualness and simplicity of the couple’s lives is reflected in the rhyme and meter of the poem.

Examples of Poetic Devices in the Poem “The Bean Eaters”

Two who have lived their day, But keep on putting on their clothes And putting things away. These imagery richly tell us about the old gwwendolyn who had been good to others are now grown very old and waiting for the death in a poor state. Meaning Through Repetition The poem contains several instances of repetition, which emphasizes the words and adds meaning to the lines.

Moreover, there are many other images in the poem which reflect their poverty. She has successfully created the picture of a couple who are socially isolated and in a dire economic condition.


The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks – Poems | Academy of American Poets

He won’t be coming back here any more. From this point of view, this word ‘remembering’ review the so called white lecture of morality, virtues, and goodness.

They might take dinner to mark the festive occasion. Now I cannot guess What I can use an empty heart-cup for.

They are shown in the dinner table eating cheap dinner of beans. Her language, her symbols, for example, have the virtue of being fresh and at the same time familiar. The poem basically focuses on the word, remembering, which may have the double implication.

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Gwendolyn Brooks page on Amazon. If this poem is analyzed in terms of racial point of view, it gives the clear picture of the Afro-American people whose condition in old age turns out to be very pathetic.

She has a Master’s degree in English and creative writing. Were they aristocratic or highly educated, a more formal meter or complex rhyme scheme might be appropriate. Oh mother, mother, where is happiness? The most frequent complaints against gwendoln poetry are that it is difficult to understand, its meaning is eaterx, and that it is written for critics to explicate, not for readers to enjoy.

Ehmann El Paso, Texas, April, That is to say, they eat dinners occasionally. Dinner is a casual affair. Fiction, Poetry and Drama. Probably, they might have rented the back for the cheap rent.

Their all the contributions have been forgotten by the whites and they are in the isolated place of the back room with the memories of the broos only.