Analysis Of Gwendolyn Brooks 's ' Lights And Shadows '

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Gwendolyn brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas. Her family moved to Chicago during the great migration when Brooks was six weeks old. Her first poem was published when she was 13 and at the age of 17, she already had a series of poems published in the poetry column “Lights and shadows” in the Chicago defender newspaper. . After working for The NAACP, she began to write poems that focus on urban poor blacks. Those poems were later published as a collection in 1945. The collection was titled A Street in Bronzeville. A street in bronzeville received critical acclaim but it was her next work, Annie Allen, that was got her the Pulitzer Prize. She lived in Chicago until her death on December 3, 2000 at age of 83. In 1960 Gwendolyn Brooks actually published two poems about the Emmett Till case. Those two was ”The Last Quatrain of the Ballad of Emmett Till," and “A Bronzeville Mother loiters in Mississippi, Meanwhile a missipi mother burns bacon.” Her poem, A Bronzeville Mother Loiters In Mississippi. Meanwhile, A Mississippi Mother Burns Bacon, is what I chose to focus on in my paper. Brooks’s poem is all about Carolyn Bryant and how she might have felt about the murder of Till. She presents Carolyn as almost sympathetic, oppressed housewife whose refuses to accept her role and her husband role in the injustice murder of Till. Instead, she rationalizes it by comparing the murder to a fairy tale. She makes herself the princess, her husband the prince, and Till the dark villain.

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