Works Cited Bloom, Harold. Biography of Gwendolyn Brooks. New York: InfoBase Publishing,2003. "Brooks, Gwendolyn." World Book Online InfoFinder.
Gwendolyn Brooks grew up in a racist time period; encouraging her writings to be about the life of a black during this time period. She grew up during one of the hardest time periods known as the Great Depression. Brooks was known for her writing poetry about racism and life of being a black American; she was often criticized for her works but also honored for showing encouragement and hope in her writings. Gwendolyn Brooks was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1917. She grew up in a harsh, racist time period along with The Great Depression.
When she was four, her family moved to their permanent residence on Champlin Avenue in Chicago. Her deep interest in poetry consumed much of her early life. For instance, Brooks began rhyming at the age of seven. When she was thirteen, she had her first poem, 'Eventide', published in American Childhood Magazine. Her first experience of high school came from the primary white high school in the city, Hyde Park High School.
Brooks used these experiences to add depth and great lessons to her work. Much of Gwendolyn Brooks’ poetry centers around the concept that there are consequences for every action, and many of them are negative. Her poems, “The Mother”, “The Bean Eaters” and “Sadie and Maud” particularly feature this theme. Gwendolyn Brooks was born to David Anderson Brooks and Keziah Wims on June 7, 1917. Shortly after her birth, the family moved to inner-city Chicago, where Brooks would stay for the rest of her life.
Brooks grew up on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. She began writing poetry as a young girl, and by the age of 16 had begun publishing her poems regularly in The Chicago Defender. She attended the Woodrow Wilson Junior College in Chicago before marrying a fellow writer, Henry L. Blakely, in 1939. The couple lived together in Chicago, divorcing in 1969 but reuniting in 1973. They had two children, Nora Brooks Blakely and Henry Blakely Jr. Brooks earned a good deal of critical attention in 1945 with the publication of her first anthology of poetry, A Street in Bronzeville.
(Bois) Mistral saw that she had an interest in writing when she was in primary school. She had been around poetry when she was younger because of her father. After her boyfriend committed suicide, it inspired her to write about her feelings because of his actions. Mistral threw herself into her work to escape the reality of what had happened and the result were the publishing of 3 Sonetas de la Muerte (Sonnets of Death) which expressed the way she felt about his death. His death sparked her writing because... ... middle of paper ... ...lped mold her into the wonderful woman that she was.
My parents spent hours reading to him, and I listened,' she Ms. George and Titch--photo credit Patty Smiley says. 'We weren't a family that had a lot of money. We turned to the world of imagination.' At 7, George knew she wanted to write. She began turning out short stories in elementary school after her mother gave her an old '30s typewriter, and she wrote her first unpublished novel by the time she graduated from Holy Cross High School in Mountain View."
Her grandfather was a Presbyterian Minister. When Marianne was seven her grandfather passed away. After the passing of her grandfather they moved near Pittsburg. Mary Moore, Marianne's mother believed in getting a good education no matter your sex. She expected her kids to attend college just as she had done.
This is mainly because of the way that Gwendolyn looked. She received criticism from peers of her ... ... middle of paper ... ... Encyclopedia of Women’s Biography, “one of the most influential poets of the twentieth century”, and during her lifetime she wrote poetry that influenced others but also taught lessons, raised awareness on important issues. Gwendolyn’s poetry spoke about the everyday lives of African Americans, urban culture, as well as spoke about issues regarding race and gender and she did it to the best of her ability. She had a unique style of writing that was different yet, still literally correct. At the age of eighty three she died, in her home in Chicago on December 3rd, 2000.
She also joined in on Grandpa’s morning rituals of reading the paper, she would read the funnies. According to Jongsu Wee, we learn our reading habits because it is embedded in our everyday life (Jongsu, 2009). Pamela, Mikayla’s mother, said that often Mikayla was very talkative about the books her parents would read to her. She was so excited about reading the next one that often times her mother would stop in the middle of reading to leave her in suspense. Her grandfather, Carl, was also a great influence in her reading.