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Unformatted text preview: A STREET IN BRONZEVILLE PART 1 GWENDOLYN BROOKS Women’s Lit April 13, 2010 History- Right after WWII Has three parts 1) General Descriptions of individual’s lives 2) Dramatic Sketches 3) Sonnet Sequences a. Generic Forms i. Ballad- Low. Often of folk origin intended to be sung. a form of verse ii. Blues- Low came out of the slavery, after a day’s work, they would be uplifting iii. Sonnets- High arc form of class verse or music. 14 lines with intro, body, and the end 1. Petrarchan sonnet- Shakespeare- antithetical movement mostly about love where the end of the sonnet (last two lines are different and turn on themselves which makes us challenge the rest of the poem. 2. What do 14 lines do to love? - It contains it and makes it to the point. 3. What does this turn do to love and the idea of containment?- I t really is complex 4. Tend to be forward to woman 5. Political sonnet- like love they try to seduce you too. Change her ideas a. Speaker is t rying to charm with confidence and be the dominate role- sub-servant position with aggression-In this first part, the stories of these people reflect a larger culture, how?-The first section of the volume presents a realistic montage of everyday episodes and scenes in Bronzeville, the poor Chicago neighborhood of her childhood and early mar riage. Drawing upon a variety of poetic styles, including the sonnet, ballad, blank verse, and blues, Brooks relates the frustrated hopes, economic deprivation, violence, and racial prejudice experienced by ordinary Bronzeville men, women, and children. THE OLD-MARRIEDS- Portrait of an old couple that is up at midnight… why aren’t the- Voyeur- one the watches other people - They are alienated from themselves and the world- just sitting and watching - A vignette- - Sets the stage for a neighborhood that is exhausted and alienated where...
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