CroogJournalEntry7 - wonder of big dreams by calling...

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Deana Croog English 200 Mordecai Journal Entry #7 Gwendolyn Brooks’ “kitchenette building” is an offbeat portrayal of the urban struggles of a working young woman. Though Brooks’ poem is only thirteen lines, it is still considered a sonnet. It most closely resembles the Shakespearean Sonnet, in that the rhyme scheme is ABACDECFGFHIH. Brooks makes use of alliteration that emphasizes the narrator’s difficulty in separating dream from reality. The poem is divided into four stanzas. The first discusses the narrator’s bleak lifestyle, in which “involuntary” tasks trump any opportunity for freedom and relaxation (Brooks, line 1). The second quatrain uses alliteration to emphasize the possibility of a dream’s ability to overcome the narrator’s plight (reality). In the phrase, “onion fumes its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes and yesterday’s garbage ripening in the hall…” the f sound is repeated (Brooks, line 4-7). F, an already harsh sound, serves to contrast the
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Unformatted text preview: wonder of big dreams by calling attention to terrible, impervious troubles of stinky food and piling garbage. The third and fourth stanzas call attention to the letter w: “even if we were willing…warm it…we wonder…we think of lukewarm water…” (Brooks, lines 8-13). W, a much warmer and mellower sound, appears when the narrator speaks of following dreams (though in the fourth stanza she quickly retracts the prospect). Therefore, the alliteration of the letter W serves to highlight the thin line between reality and dream that is being challenged in Brooks’ poem. As Brooks’ narrator lives in a dream in the third stanza, (in which W is prevalent), and in the fourth stanza, (also in which W appears), she dismisses dreams for reality which knocks obtrusively, “since Number Five is out of the bathroom now” (Brooks, line 12). Alliteration, therefore, signifies both dream, reality, and ultimately fuses dream and reality in Brooks’ “kitchenette building”....
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