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Children of the Poor
Transcript of Children of the Poor
About the author
Born: June 7th, 1917
Died: December 3rd, 2000
Gwendolyn Brooks was an African American poet who has won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. She was the daughter of a janitor and a school teacher.
The Children of the Poor
In “The Children of the Poor,” Brooks looks at society from a mother’s standpoint. To her, the vulnerable children are left with the burdens of their community and each stanza gives a different perspective in the life of "the Children of the Poor"
Gwendolyn Brooks was a highly regarded, much-honored poet, she is known for being the first black author to win the Pulitzer Prize. She also was poetry consultant to the Library of Congress the first black woman to have this job
The first stanza, is what we interpert as Brooks explaining to the reader all the benefits of not having children. These people are able to "perish purely" and "attain a mail of ice and insolence" meaning they have no worries, but they will never know the "inconditions of love"
In the second stanza, Brooks explores the sadness of not being able to give to her children. She says, "What shall I give my children? Who are poor, who are adjudged the leastwise of the land," and she also explains how love cannot be the only thing she can give to her children in the "autumn freezing everywhere"
The third stanza explains how the children must go through restrain in order to live their lives in their world. Example being "Children, confine your lights in jellied rules... Holding the bandage ready for your eyes" She also could be saying to hide your belief/religion and from others.
Stanza IV is about the fight and struggle to prepare yourself for the world, saying "First Fight, than Fiddle... Carry hate in front of you and harmony behind." This means that the world is rough and you have to put your agressivesness first or you will never make it in the world.
In Stanza V, it is about death and how the children will eventually accept it. All their happiness will be in a tight and short memory, "Charming the rainbow radiance into tightness" and "Accept the University of Death" show how the contrast is
Overall, we really enjoyed the piece and although it took many re-reads, we all agree that it was worth uncoding the messsage behind Brook's piece and we realized that each stanza would concern with a different perspective of being a child of the poor.
In the final stanza, Brooks closes "the Children of the Poor" with a conslusion like paragraph. she explains how she and the children share the common relation of wanting to do things that are "undeep and unabiding things" and even though life ends quick in many ways, but the poor child will never be "afraid to reach."