Read Gwendolyn Brooks biographical sketch. Once you have a pretty clear understanding about their life, choose three of their poems. you will have to properly cite the source where you found the poem on the works cited page.
Your job is to make a connection between the author’s biography and the three poems you chose. Ask yourself how the author’s life might have influenced their writing. Some ideas of what you might take into consideration:
–the historical time period of the author and the major events surrounding that time
–religious/ethical/moral beliefs and values
–racial background, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and how these identities shaped their life experiences
–career/interests/passions (other than being a poet)
–life experiences, especially any trauma they might have endured (unstable home life, struggles with addiction or mental illness, leaving their home country as a refugee or immigrant, victim of abuse, etc. etc. etc.)
Make sure that your thesis is focused. Choose just one or two (or a combination of a few) of the suggestions on the above list that you feel most influenced the poems that you chose to guide your biographical analysis of the poems.
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