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Sabrina Baez ENG 346 11/3/2011 Weekly Paper #9 Gwendolyn Brook’s “Gay Chaps At The Bar” Gwendolyn Brook’s employs traditional Petrarchan and Shakespearean forms in her sonnet “Gay Chaps At The Bar”, while using contemporary style to exaggerate the melancholy situation portrayed within the poem. The sonnet takes on the classical English and Italian Renaissance themes, love and desire; however instead of creating love and desire Brooks details the utter loss of. The poem consists of many low sounding vowel sounds emphasizing to the reader that although it may start off as a chipper poem the underlying tones are negative. I believe that Brooks uses these irregularities within her poems purposefully to represent the chaos and despair of war. Gwendolyn Brooks does not use frivolous rhyming schemes or light hearted fast paced language but rather honest dark language that may look messy at times, but is always genuine. ˡ The poem is about soldiers from World War Two who have lost all hope and love of life.
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