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Annie Allen by Gwendolyn Brooks
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May 06, 08

bookshelves: poetry
Recommended for: Lovers of poetry
Read in May, 2008

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 masterfully crafted. The poems have an expansive range of ideas, moments, and structures. They delve into childhood, womanhood, race and the passing of tradition. Her sounds and rhythms feel like they were heavily influenced by Mr. Manley Hopkins himself. Hopkins was awesome and I am interested to know if anyone can see other influences in this work.
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message 1: by Ken (new)

Ken Moten I know one reason why this isn't being reviewed much-it's alarmingly out-of-print. The cheapest copy I could find was over $44.00 at least and you can barely find it. :( shame really because I wanted to read this as a stand alone set.


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