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"a song in the front yard" and "Beverly Hills, Chicago," Gwendolyn Brooks

Author: Gwendolyn Brooks

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a song in the front yard

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I’ve stayed in the front yard all my life.
I want a peek at the back
Where it’s rough and untended and hungry weed grows.
A girl gets sick of a rose.

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May 1
CHARISSA CAPERS (May 01 2019 12:42PM) : how does it feel to be stuck in the front yard? more

how does it feel to only see the front yard? what made he or she not be able to see the back?

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WENDY RIVERA (Apr 15 2019 10:14AM) : Is this what the back has? more

Why would the speaker want to go to the back? Why does the speaker want to be where it’s rough and untended?

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Yannick EDAYE (Nov 12 2019 10:19PM) : Did she want to let us know that she need more actions?

I want to go in the back yard now
And maybe down the alley,
To where the charity children play.
I want a good time today.

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Yannick EDAYE (Nov 12 2019 10:17PM) : Why she can't go to the back yard? Is it because their is no more door in the back?
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CHARISSA CAPERS (May 01 2019 12:45PM) : feeling trapped? more

he/she wants to be able to do thing like other children. How does he/she feel about the other children able to do other things she cant?

They do some wonderful things.
They have some wonderful fun.
My mother sneers, but I say it’s fine
How they don’t have to go in at quarter to nine.
My mother, she tells me that Johnnie Mae
Will grow up to be a bad woman.
That George’ll be taken to Jail soon or late
(On account of last winter he sold our back gate).

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WENDY RIVERA (Apr 15 2019 10:26AM) : Who is the speaker talking about?
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CHARISSA CAPERS (May 01 2019 12:46PM) : her/his mother wants the best for her child. more

she has a trick mother who make sure she home on time when the other children moms dont

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But I say it’s fine. Honest, I do.
And I’d like to be a bad woman, too,
And wear the brave stockings of night-black lace
And strut down the streets with paint on my face.

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CHARISSA CAPERS (May 01 2019 12:51PM) : she just trying to be someone she is not.. more

her mother raised her in a different way other children were raised and she see other children doing things her mother doest allowed her to do

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Yannick EDAYE (Nov 12 2019 10:21PM) : This paragraph confirm her willing to be part of the story, to break rules and fight for freedom, fight to have access to the back yard.
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WENDY RIVERA (Apr 15 2019 10:21AM) : Why does the speaker want to be a bad woman? more

The speaker probably looks up to Johnnie Mae and the speaker probably wants to be brave or be strong.

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CHARISSA CAPERS (May 01 2019 12:48PM) : Not such of being a bad woman.. more

i feel like the speaker is trying to say she wants to feel free like the other children, because she was always told to come home at a certain time.

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Gwendolyn Brooks, “a song in the front yard” from Selected Poems. Copyright © 1963 by Gwendolyn Brooks. Reprinted with the permission of the Estate of Gwendolyn Brooks.

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Source: Selected Poems (1963)

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Beverly Hills, Chicago

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(“and the people live till they have white hair”)
E. M. Price

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The dry brown coughing beneath their feet,
(Only for a while, for the handyman is on his way)
These people walk their golden gardens.
We say ourselves fortunate to be driving by today.

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That we may look at them, in their gardens where
The summer ripeness rots. But not raggedly.
Even the leaves fall down in lovelier patterns here.
And the refuse, the refuse is a neat brilliancy.

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When they flow sweetly into their houses
With softness and slowness touched by that everlasting gold,
We know what they go to. To tea. But that does not mean
They will throw some little black dots into some water and add sugar and the juice of the cheapest lemons that are sold,

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While downstairs that woman’s vague phonograph bleats, “Knock me a kiss.”
And the living all to be made again in the sweatingest physical manner
Tomorrow. . . . Not that anybody is saying that these people have no trouble.
Merely that it is trouble with a gold-flecked beautiful banner.

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Nobody is saying that these people do not ultimately cease to be. And
Sometimes their passings are even more painful than ours.
It is just that so often they live till their hair is white.
They make excellent corpses, among the expensive flowers. . . .

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Nobody is furious. Nobody hates these people.
At least, nobody driving by in this car.
It is only natural, however, that it should occur to us
How much more fortunate they are than we are.

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It is only natural that we should look and look
At their wood and brick and stone
And think, while a breath of pine blows,
How different these are from our own.

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We do not want them to have less.
But it is only natural that we should think we have not enough.
We drive on, we drive on.
When we speak to each other our voices are a little gruff.

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Selected Poems (Harper & Row, 1963)

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DMU Timestamp: May 31, 2018 00:33

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