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this is a first draft of an AP english poem analysis essay for the poem "kitchenette building". any comments are good! i need some help on it this is only a first draft. (it would help if you were familier with the poem "kitchenette building" by gwendolyn brooks).




Gwendolyn Brooks “Kitchenette Building” is an ode to the underprivileged dreamers of the world. Her haunting poem focuses mainly on the struggles of holding onto a dream in the midst of poverty. Brooks suggests that no matter how ambitious a person is they may never be able to escape the reality of their life. Her use of symbolism and powerful diction convey her message that the dreamers are best left dreaming.
Brooks uses symbolism to create a strong connection between her argument and audience. The title “Kitchenette Building” represents the living accommodations of the poor. A kitchenette is a smaller version of a kitchen; therefore, “Kitchenette Building” is a very small living space. Brooks states “But could a dream send up through onion fumes, Its white and violet, fight with fried potatoes, And yesterday’s garbage ripening in the hall, Flutter, or sing an aria down these rooms”. Here, Brooks paints such a visual picture that one can feel the desperation felt by the oppressed poor she speaks of. Her use of garbage as a symbol makes a strong statement about the poor. Brooks likens garbage to the poor – something that is taken out and forgotten about. However, she suggests that if given the chance the poor can do something remarkable with their lives. Brooks states “Since Number Five is out of the bathroom now, we think of lukewarm water, hope to get in it”. “Number Five” refers to the great number of people living with her while lukewarm water represents the tiny bit of hope the poor have. Brooks hopes to get into lukewarm water, meaning even through her trials she is optimistic that her future will be somewhat bright.


Brooks uses powerful diction to emphasis the struggles of the poor. Brooks states: ““Dream” makes a giddy sound, not strong like “rent,” “feeding a wife,” “satisfying a man””. Here, Brookes suggests that while a dream is nice to have it will never be as powerful as reality; it can never pay the rent or feed a family. To have a dream is valuable but unfortunately proves to ultimately be useless unless action is taken – simply dreaming is not enough to live. Brooks refers to her audience as “we” numerous times throughout the piece. The use of “we” provides her audience with a more personal connection to her argument since the “we” she speaks of can be anyone. Brooks makes statements such as “We are the things of dry hours and the involuntary plan” and “Even if we were willing to let it in”. These “we” statements allows the audience to not only read the poem but helps to better identify with and comprehend Brooks’s argument.


Gwendolyn Brooks “Kitchenette Building” is a memorable piece that leaves a lasting impression of the world of the less fortunate. Brookes proves through the use of symbolism and powerful diction that the poor must count on more than just dreams to get by; they must work hard and have hope that one day their dreams will prevail over their struggles.




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