“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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Rhyme and Meter The casualness and simplicity of the couple’s lives is reflected in the rhyme and meter of the poem. Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since You will never neglect or beat Them, or silence or buy with a sweet. The couple keeps up with the same routine and keeps doing the same work, but doesn’t make any progress. Dinner is a casual affair.

Bwan Imagery Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple.

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These lines are metaphorical of their determination and their weariness. As the setting is poor and nothing especial is noticeable in eatrs poem, it could be symbolic to the characters of the poem who are old, poor, boring and nothing extraordinary feature is related with them.

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The casualness and simplicity of the couple’s lives is reflected in the rhyme and meter of the poem. The title of the poem is also symbolic which signify the poverty of the couple.

Leave this field blank. The couple is referred to as a “yellow pair,” indicating their advanced years. 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. Her language, her symbols, for example, have the virtue of being fresh and at gwendopyn same time familiar.


Probably, they might have rented the back for the cheap rent. The casual structure complements the simple nature of the couple’s lives. Other symbols of the couple’s poverty include the plain chipware, the tin flatware, the creaking wood, beads, cloths and tobacco crumbs. From this point of view, this word ‘remembering’ review the so called white lecture of morality, virtues, and goodness. She has used jazz rhythm in this poem and breaks the traditional syntax of so called white discipline, morality and goodness.

Gwendolyn Brooks —Pulitzer Prize-Winning American poet, produced thw that included sonnets and ballads as well as blues rhythm in free verse.

If the product is purchased by linking through, The Literary Ladies Guide receives a modest commission, which helps maintain our site and helps it to continue growing! The poem basically focuses on the word, remembering, which may have the double implication. Moreover, their room is congested. 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.

Ehmann El Paso, Texas, April, Series of Symbols “The Bean Eaters” is full of symbolism. All of these items create a portrait of simplicity and need, providing an understanding of the couple’s life together. The poem also describes the couple as having “lived their day” and who “keep on” doing the same things, such as putting on clothes and putting things away.

In she was named poet laureate for the state of Illinois.

They took my lover’s tallness off to war, Left me lamenting. 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.


Oh mother, mother, where is happiness? Two who are Mostly Good. Moreover, there are many other images in the poem which reflect their poverty. Abortions will not let you forget. 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. There is no formal meter to the poem. Inshe was the first black woman appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, a post now known as Poet Laureate. Most of the time, they eat the beans only and dinner has become their causal affairs. Miss Brooks has explored Bronzeville before in A Street in Bronzevilleand she writes with knowledge, interest, and assurance.

She has an excellent sense of form, and perhaps more important, she has a competent control of words. The qualities of utensils, particularly tin flatware and plain chipware also contribute to the same impression.

The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks (1960)

These imagery richly tell us about the gwendokyn couple who had been good to others are now grown very old and waiting for the death in a poor state. Their age and poverty is again reinforced in this imagery. They are shown in the dinner table eating cheap dinner of beans. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites.

Repetition is seen in the two lines starting with “two who have,” which calls attention to the characterization of the couple.

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