“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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They have yellowed like old paper. The couple is referred to as a “yellow pair,” indicating their advanced years. The poem also describes the couple eatrs having “lived their day” and who “keep on” doing the same things, such as putting on clothes and putting things away. Her language, her symbols, for example, have the virtue of being fresh and at the same time familiar.

You will never wind up the sucking-thumb Or. Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple. She has successfully created the picture of a couple who are socially isolated and in a dire economic condition. The couple keeps up with the same routine and keeps doing the same work, but doesn’t make any progress.

Abortions will not let you forget. Though Brooks poetry reflects urban African-American life, its exters themes are universal to the human experience. They took my lover’s tallness off to war, Left me lamenting.

An analysis of these poetic devices reveals much more in the poem than what is happening on the surface. Two who are Mostly Good. Fiction, Poetry and Drama.

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Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since Gwendolyn Brooks page on Amazon. The title itself is symbolic, representing the poverty of the couple in the poem. The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks: Series of Symbols “The Bean Eaters” is full of symbolism.


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These imagery richly tell us about the old couple who had been good to others are now grown very old and waiting for the death in a poor state. Moreover, there are many other images in the poem which reflect their poverty. The most frequent complaints against modern poetry are that it is difficult to understand, its meaning is vague, and that it is written for critics to explicate, not for readers to enjoy.

Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks The setting in the back room with low cost dinnerware and creaking table metaphorically suggests that the old couples are poor and live in a pathetic place.

You remember the children you got that you did not get, The damp small pulps with a little or with no hair, The singers and workers that never handled the air. In spite of a rather unprepossessing title, The Bean Eaters is pleasant, sometimes significant reading.

Metaphorical Imagery Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple. They have kept all the things together and this keeping together also reflects their poverty.

Gwendolyn Brooks —Pulitzer Prize-Winning American poet, produced works that included sonnets and ballads as well as blues rhythm in free verse. Similarly, some strong imagery are used to create the picture of the couple: Repetition is also used to describe their things as “plain,” emphasizing the simplicity of their surroundings.

They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair. 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. Your email address will not be published. In she was named poet laureate for the state of Illinois. The occasional nature of dinner and bean as their part of the schedule also highlight their poverty.

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Related Topics The Mother: These lines are metaphorical of their determination and their weariness. Ehmann El Paso, Texas, April, The qualities of utensils, particularly tin flatware and plain chipware also contribute to the same impression.

All of these items create a portrait of simplicity and need, providing an understanding of the couple’s life together. Most of the time, they eat the beans only and dinner has become their causal affairs.

Though the poem is short, it is packed with symbols and gwendolny.

The Bean Eaters

The poem basically focuses on the word, remembering, which may have the double implication. In the thorough reading of the poem, it seems to be the analysis of the poverty but if the old yellow pair stands for the black, it represents the stories of the black.

She has a Master’s degree in English and creative writing. 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. They are shown in the dinner table eating cheap dinner of beans.

And the repeated use of word ‘remembering’ makes us think seriously about their achievement. Meaning Through Repetition The poem contains several instances of repetition, which emphasizes the words and adds meaning to the lines. Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood, Tin flatware. Dinner is a casual affair. The title of the poem is also symbolic which signify the poverty of the couple.