“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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That is to say, they eat dinners occasionally. Two who have lived their day, But keep on putting on their clothes And putting things away.

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

Other symbols of the couple’s poverty include the plain chipware, the tin flatware, the creaking wood, beads, cloths and tobacco crumbs. Oh mother, mother, where is happiness?

They have kept all the things together and this keeping together also reflects their poverty. 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 casual structure complements the simple nature of the couple’s lives. These lines are metaphorical of their determination and their weariness. Maria Magher has been working as a professional writer since The poem contains several instances of repetition, eatdrs emphasizes the words and adds meaning to the lines.

On Gwendolyn Brooks, ‘The Bean Eaters’

They might have thought about what they got being good. There is no formal meter to the poem. In this short lyric, Gwendolyn Brooks is describing the life pattern of the old yellow pair who has rented the back room. In she was named poet laureate for the state of Illinois.


Metaphorical Imagery Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple. They look around and notice beans, breads, dolls, receipts, tobacco crumbs, vases, fringes in the same room.

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The qualities of utensils, particularly tin flatware and plain chipware also contribute to the same impression. Leave this field blank. You will never neglect or beat Them, or silence or buy with a sweet. They might take dinner to mark the festive occasion.

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. Plain chipware on a plain and creaking wood, Tin flatware. She has a Master’s degree in English and creative writing. The title of the poem is also symbolic which signify the poverty of the couple.

Some day the war will end, but, oh, I knew When he went walking grandly out that door That my sweet love would have. She has written about parenting for Pampers and other websites. Her language, her symbols, for example, have the virtue of being fresh and at the same time familiar.

Now I cannot guess What I can use an empty heart-cup for. The couple keeps up with the same routine and keeps doing the same work, but doesn’t make any progress. The Lovers of the Poor. Probably, they might have rented the back for the cheap rent.


Academy of American Poets Educator Newsletter. Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks They took my lover’s tallness off to war, Left me lamenting. The white society always demands morality and virtue in the part of the blacks but ignores their suffering.

Similarly, some strong imagery are used to create the picture of the couple: 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. Most of the time, they eat the beans only bdan dinner has become their causal affairs.

Remembering, with twinklings and twinges, As they lean over the beans in their rented back room that is full of beads and receipts esters dolls and cloths, tobacco crumbs, vases and fringes. Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.

Ehmann El Paso, Texas, April, And the repeated use of word ‘remembering’ makes us think seriously about their achievement. 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.