“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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Maria Magher has been working as brrooks professional writer since Two who have lived their day, But keep on putting on their clothes And putting things away.

The Bean Eaters

Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple. They took my lover’s tallness off to war, Left me lamenting. She has successfully created the picture of a couple who are socially isolated and in a dire economic condition. 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. And the repeated use of word ‘remembering’ makes us think seriously about their achievement.

From this point of view, this word ‘remembering’ review the so called white lecture of morality, virtues, and goodness. The poet shares some painful social discrimination in a very simple tone.

The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks: Summary and Analysis

By using Jazz rhythm and breaking the traditional Syntax the poet metaphorically might be trying to go out of so called white discipline, morality and goodness. The title of the poem is also symbolic which signify the poverty of the couple.


Leave this field blank. 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. 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.

They eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair. 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 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. Meaning Through Repetition The poem contains several instances of repetition, which emphasizes the words and adds meaning to the lines.

Metaphorical Imagery Several metaphors are used to create a portrait of the couple. 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. Probably, they might have rented the back for the gwfndolyn rent.

You might also like: The occasional nature of dinner and bean as their part of the schedule also highlight their poverty. Summary and Analysis Gwendolyn Brooks: In spite of a rather unprepossessing title, The Bean Eaters is pleasant, sometimes significant reading. In she was named poet laureate for the state of Illinois.


She has worked as an ESL teacher, a freshman composition teacher and an education reporter, writing for regional newspapers and online publications. Moreover, there are many other images in the poem which reflect their poverty. Oh mother, mother, where is fwendolyn An analysis of these poetic devices reveals much more in the poem than what is happening on the surface.

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Other symbols of the couple’s poverty include the plain chipware, the tin flatware, the creaking wood, beads, cloths and tobacco crumbs. The poem basically focuses on the word, remembering, which may have the double implication. The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks: Most of the time, they eat the ths only and dinner has become their causal affairs. Her poems are clear, not because they are childishly simple but because they strike at the thought and feelings common to mature people.

The lines reinforce their age, as well as their poverty. Gdendolyn is also used to describe their things as “plain,” emphasizing the simplicity of their surroundings.