Analysis Of The Poem ' Kitchenette Building ' By Gwendolyn Brooks

2468 Words Apr 17th, 2016 10 Pages
The very subject matter of war is not easy to digest, especially when you experience the gruesome, honest and heartbreaking tales from the perspectives of various eyes throughout Tony Barnstone’s Tongue of War. Throughout his collection, readers experience a raw honesty that is nothing like they have encountered before and that makes the discussion that more interesting as we course the emotions and thoughts Barnstone created within his audience page after page. However, the experience of a poem is not truly complete without an analysis of what makes each stanza, each line, each page so successful, so enticing; better yet what makes a single poem stick out of a whole collection to one reader.
When I began reading Tony Barnstone’s “Holocausts of Water and Fire”, I will admit that it came across as quite complex to grasp. In hopes of becoming more familiar with this poem and understanding to the fullest extent, I referred back to an activity we used this semester on the poem “Kitchenette Building” by Gwendolyn Brooks. In this experiment, we were to read a poem three different times, and each time after completing that reading we would write down any notes and/or questions we had. That is exactly what I did. Upon my first reading I immediately came across this essence of contradictory in Harry Truman’s words. The beginning of the poem says “You can 't say I liked killing kids / I told myself: treat beasts as beasts” (1-2), as he says he doesn’t like killing the children of…

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