“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 are shown in the dinner table eating cheap dinner of beans.

The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks (1960)

As the setting is poor and nothing especial is noticeable in the poem, it could be symbolic to the brokks of the poem who are old, poor, boring and nothing extraordinary feature is related with them. 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.

Your email address will not be published. Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood, Tin flatware. They took my lover’s ezters off to war, Left me lamenting.

They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair. The couple is referred to as a “yellow pair,” indicating their advanced years. Their age and poverty is again reinforced gwdndolyn this imagery.

The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks: Summary and Analysis

She has used jazz rhythm in gsendolyn poem and breaks the traditional syntax of so called white discipline, morality and goodness. In this short lyric, Gwendolyn Brrooks is describing the life pattern of the old yellow pair who has rented the back room. 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. The lines reinforce their age, as well thr their poverty.


Other symbols of the couple’s poverty include the plain chipware, the tin flatware, the creaking wood, beads, cloths and tobacco crumbs. They look around and notice beans, breads, dolls, receipts, tobacco crumbs, vases, fringes in the same room. She has successfully created the picture of a couple who are socially isolated and in a dire economic condition. Were they aristocratic or highly educated, a more formal meter or complex rhyme scheme might be appropriate.

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 past only. Academy of American Broosk Educator Newsletter.

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Readers interested in poetry which examines the human implications of the racial problem, will enjoy The Bean Eaters. Though Brooks poetry reflects urban African-American life, its underlying themes are universal to the human experience.

Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple. The title itself is symbolic, representing the poverty of the couple in the eaterx. She has a Master’s degree in English and creative writing. The couple keeps up with the same routine and keeps doing the same work, but doesn’t make any progress.

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. The qualities of utensils, particularly tin flatware and plain chipware also contribute to the same impression.


Similarly, some strong imagery are used to create the picture of the couple: Eatres poem contains several instances of repetition, which emphasizes the words and adds meaning to the lines.

Inshe was the first black woman appointed as consultant in poetry to the Library of Congress, a post now known as Poet Laureate. 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.

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The Lovers of the Poor. Their life has gone being good. Miss Brooks has explored Bronzeville before in A Street in Bronzevilleand she writes with knowledge, interest, and assurance.

The Bean Eaters

Repetition appears again when describing their daily routine of “putting on their clothes and putting things away,” reinforcing the repetition of their actions and their weariness. Her language, her symbols, for example, have the virtue of being fresh and at the same time familiar. Moreover, their room is congested.

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