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Annie Allen

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  56 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Greenwood-Heinemann Publishing
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May 06, 2008 James rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Lovers of poetry
Shelves: poetry
It's sad that a review has yet to be written for Gwendolyn Brooks' "Annie Allen." There's not even a cover picture for the book yet. Brooks is known for her highly anthologized poem "We Real Cool," and this collection is a great way to get acquainted with her earlier poetry and begin to become familiarized with her extensive body of work. "Annie Allen" won the Pulitzer in 1950, which is not the least bit surprising considering her work. Her words are striking and fluid and the poems are masterfu ...more
Kemesha Gabbidon
This book is a long poem divided into three main sections. From birth to womanhood the story of Annie Allen. Ti is very different to review a book like this, however I find the use of poetry to tell a story beautiful. Brooks also is has a masterful command of the English language. The language she uses wonderful weaves and creates a story of self-actualization. Quick read and I enjoyed it.
Gabriel Oak
Brooks's second collection, which won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1949. Includes "The Anniad" and some other really wonderful poems. Brooks in these early collections still wrote formally restrained and refined verse, pre-Black Arts movement. The attention to place--to south Chicago and Bronzeville especially--is notable.
Only two or so poems really spoke to me, but that doesn't mean it's bad however.
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Although she was born on 7 June 1917 in Topeka, Kansas--the first child of David and Keziah Brooks--Gwendolyn Brooks is "a Chicagoan." The family moved to Chicago shortly after her birth, and despite her extensive travels and periods in some of the major universities of the country, she has remained associated with the city's South Side. What her strong family unit lacked in material wealth was ma ...more
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And be it gash or gold it will not come
Again in this identical disguise.”
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