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The Good Old Days To help bring out the message in a poem the author will use many literary devises Often the author will write about real life situations or maybe they will write about fantasies A poem is a fascinating style of writing It can tell a story or just get a message across There are different kinds of poetry and the level of understanding differs greatly depending on the poem and poet In the case of Gwendolyn Brooks her poems are very straight forward and easy to comprehend Techniques such as imagery diction and style help in getting the message across on Gwendolyn Brooks poem The Bean Eaters The poem The Bean Eaters by Gwendolyn Brooks is a very straight forward poem in terms of its meaning It starts off by describing an elderly couple as an old yellow pair The poem goes on by saying that the elderly couple eats dinner which is beans on this particular day as a casual affair In the poem the couple doesnt seem to have very much and eat their dinner on plain chip ware on a plain creaking wood The second stanza tells the reader that the couple is Mostly Good and says that they have lived their lives and their days are near But instead of giving in they live on by putting their clothes away and putting things away The third and final stanza goes on by telling the reader that this elderly couple lives in a rented back room which shows that the couple does not have much The little room they have is full of beads and receipts and dolls and cloths tobacco crumbs vases and fringes These objects are all this couple has left which is basically just their memories and each other The diction in The Bean Eaters is very simple By keeping the diction so simple the poem becomes very easy to understand The diction in the
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