Gwendolyn Brooks Mandi Sine
About Gwendolyn • Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born in Topeka Kansas on June 17th, 1917 • She grew up in a poor family which inspired her to write about families that also faced struggles • First Black author to win the Pulitzer Price • Won a National Book Award and a National Medal of Arts Award for her writings
Sadie and Maud Maud went to college.Sadie stayed home.Sadie scraped lifeWith a fine toothed comb.She didn't leave a tangle inHer comb found every strand.Sadie was one of the livingest chicksIn all the land.Sadie bore two babiesUnder her maiden name.Maud and Ma and PapaNearly died of shame.When Sadie said her last so-longHer girls struck out from home.(Sadie left as heritageHer fine-toothed comb.)Maud, who went to college,Is a thin brown mouse.She is living all aloneIn this old house.
Paraphrase Sadie and Maud was written at a time when ideals and expectations of women were enforced. Brooks compares two sisters; emphasizing their different lifestyle choices. The poem makes an unexpected turn when Maud; who in the beginning seemed to have everything going for her, ends up alone. Sadie who ended up having two babies and shaming her parents, did what made her happy despite what society tolled her to do. She became the sister who had a fulfilled life and shared her “ fine toothed comb” with her daughters.
Poetic Devices • Some examples of rhyming used in the poem is: • Home, Comb • Strand, Land • Name, Shame • Mouse, House • Etc.. • Hyperbole used in the poem: • “Maud and Ma and Papa nearly died of shame.”
Poetic Devices Continued • Metaphor used in the poem: • “ Maud who went to college, is a thin brown mouse.” • Irony: • “ Maud who went to college, is a thin brown mouse. She is living all alone, in this old house. • Figurative Language (Symbolism): • “ She didn’t leave a tangle in” • The tangles represents details; Sadie examined life in close detail and didn’t leave any out.
Works Cited http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/sadie-and-maud/ http://www.poemhunter.com/gwendolyn-brooks/ http://gwendolynbrooks-lekelsey.blogspot.com/2010/04/analyzing-sadie-and-maud.html