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An Evening by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Raquel Urena

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of An Evening by Gwendolyn Brooks

The entire poem is a metaphor for the negativity that often ensues during life.

The poet uses imagery as a means of perpetuating her message.

The Use of Figurative Language
The tone is one of disillusionment and pessimism. Although realistic in its nature, as life is by no means characterized by simplicity and constant happiness, the poem ends on a somber note. "The end of a summer day/Sweet Love dead (7-8)".
Analyzing Structure
The poem follows a rhyme scheme of
General Meaning of the Poem
Life, as precarious as it is, leads us through good times and bad times.
The Darkness
Life can lead us to very dark moments. Oftentimes, as is a reoccurring topic in poetry, love leads to sorrow.
A sunset's mounded cloud;
A diamond evening-star;
Sad blue hills afar;
Love in his shroud.

Scarcely a tear to shed;
Hardly a word to say;
The end of a summer day;
Sweet Love dead.
The Poem Itself
The poet not only speaks of the time of day, but the time of year as well. She uses seasonal connotations to suggest that summer is symbol of life and that at its end the warmth and brightness of the season brings dreary weather and bitter cold. She mentions the sunset as it connotes the end of the day, the end of living activity. Once the sun has set the land becomes dark.
Aspects of Setting
An Evening by Gwendolyn Brooks
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