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Gwendolyn Brooks

What poetic devices does Gwendolyn Brooks use in her poem "A Song in the Front Yard"?

Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “A Song in the Front Yard” is about a girl who, despite the warnings of her strict mother, wants to experience the other side of life—a side of life that her mother fears...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2015 1:38 pm UTC

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In the poem To the Diaspora by Gwendolyn Brooks, what is "Afrika?"  

Gwendolyn Brooks writes poetry from her heart and as she sees it. She admits that her upbringing and experiences dictate the type of poet that she is and she embraces and challenges conditions in...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2015 5:35 am UTC

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In the poem "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks, what are three literary devices used? What is the theme?  

One literary device used in Brooks' poem is punning. Punning is when a word can have more than one meaning. In this poem, the frequently used word "we" can mean either a group of people (you (all)...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2018 9:17 pm UTC

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What is the tone of Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "the mother"?

The tone of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “the mother” is extremely complex. The tone of the opening line – “Abortions will not let you forget” – can be read as regretful and as offering a kind of warning...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2012 12:50 pm UTC

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Analyze the "Ballad of Rudolph Reed" by Gwendolyn Brooks.

In "The Ballad of Rudolph Reed," the style of the poem, the repetition and parallelism, and its explicit identification as a ballad recall much older English poems and aristocratic heroes such as...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2019 3:41 am UTC

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According to the speaker of "The Sonnet-Ballad" by Gwendolyn Brooks, why do people fight wars? Is it because they are...

I think the question is written in multiple choice format, and the four choices are given. To answer your question based on the four choices present, people fight wars because of the second option....

Latest answer posted February 2, 2018 5:41 pm UTC

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In Gwendolyn Brooks's story "Maud Martha Spares the Mouse," what is the significance of the brief encounter with the...

The brief encounter with the mouse in the poem "Maud Martha Spares the Mouse" results in anything but a brief change in Maud Martha. Maud Martha has been tormented by her inability to capture the...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011 12:15 am UTC

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In "Maud Martha Spares the Mouse" by Gwendolyn Brooks, do you feel Maud Martha's reaction, after she spares the...

I do believe that Maud Martha is justified in sparing the mouse as told in the poem "Maud Martha Spares the Mouse" by Gwendolyn Brooks. I find that Maud Martha is justified given that she allows...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2011 12:04 am UTC

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Thematically there are many similarities between Hughes and Brooks, but what makes her poetry different?

Both poets wrote of the lives of African Americans and were able to capture the feelings and surroundings of African American narrators. One might argue, however, that Brooks's poetry was at times...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2019 7:20 pm UTC

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 How does Gwendolyn Brooks incorporate social issues in her writing? The postwar era was initially a period in which...

In 1950,Gwendolyn Brooks, who lived most of her life in Chicago, Illinois, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in part because of her social concerns. Brooks herself said that she attempted...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2013 8:55 pm UTC

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Is dramatic persona one of the main features in Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "The Mother?"

In order to understand Gwendolyn Brooks' part in her poem entitled, "The Mother," one must understand what "dramatic persona" actually is. Dr. L. Kip Wheeler provides a definition of the "persona"...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2011 5:41 am UTC

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Gwendolyn Brooks' voice as a poet Gwendolyn Brooks' voice, as a poet, is multifunctional and multidimensional....

For an example of two especially rich and complex poems by Brooks, I recommend "the mother" and "The Chicago Defender Sends a Man to Little Rock." These works deal with complicated issues...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2011 3:40 pm UTC

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Can you assume that the girl in Gwendolyn Brook's poem, "a song in the front yard," is a white girl?

Not really. Not I, at least. If anything it mostly depicted the social differences of people, in terms of social class rather than focusing on a racial conflict. If you put the story in context...

Latest answer posted September 12, 2010 5:45 am UTC

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What are some of the associations you apply to the words and images of the poem "The Bean Eaters" by Gwendolyn Brooks?

It is a rather bleak picture of a poor, lonely couple that Gwendolyn Brooks portrays in her poem, "The Bean Eaters." Unable to afford meat, the old "yellow pair," African-Americans who have not...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2010 11:15 am UTC

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Compare and contrast the two poems "To be in Love" by Gwendolyn Brooks and "Love song: I and Thou" by Alan Dugan.

While the two poems are similar in their themes of the precariousness of love, they certainly differ in their presentation of theme. Indeed, there is a marked difference in the tone of each poem....

Latest answer posted February 10, 2015 3:45 am UTC

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Describe Gwendolyn Brooks' voice as a poet. Some examples, you know the drill.

Gwendolyn Brooks' voice, as a poet, is multifunctional and multidimensional. Depending upon the focus of the poem, Brooks' voice can be soothing or demanding, angry or calm, happy or sad. Her...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2011 12:14 am UTC

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Consider the peoms of Gwendolyn Brooks. What portriat emerges of black urban life from the peoms in the text?

I had a magnificent opportunity to hear Gwendolyn Brooks speak and recite her poetry in Charlotte, NC before she passed away. Brooks has an amazing body of work that tends to create, as your...

Latest answer posted January 7, 2011 4:23 am UTC

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How does this quote relate to Social Justice? "We are each other's harvest; we are each other's business; we are...

What do you think I do with the money that enotes pays me for answering this question? I use it to buy food, airtime, Internet, utilities, etc. With that money the providers of those items in...

Latest answer posted August 30, 2013 3:18 am UTC

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How did the Black Arts Movement impact on Gwendolyn Brook's poetry?

Let us remember that the Black Arts Movement actually represented a real growth in African American literature, and through it African Americans were encouraged to start their own unique brand of...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2011 5:45 pm UTC

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Think about the kind of mother whom Gwendolyn Brooks describe in the poem "the mother." Is it possible for a woman...

In this poem, the speaker is a woman who has had multiple abortions in her life. She says that one does not forget "the children you got that you did not get," the children one conceived but did...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 3:58 pm UTC

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Do you believe Gwendolyn Brooks in her poem "the mother" when she tells her unborn child that she loves them? How can...

Writers construct literary personalities, which can be more or less obvious. When Edgar Allan Poe adopts the persona of a madman to write a short story, no reader thinks he expressing his own...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2020 3:27 am UTC

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