Posted at 10.11.2018
On the surface of Gwendolyn Brooks's poem, "a track in leading yard", is a woman who would like to play in the "yard" and have some wonderful fun" (10) instead of staying in leading yard, but the deeper concept is not simply about more fun, but in regards to a lady who yearns to truly have a life she actually is not permitted to have. Impoverished and prosperous lead very different life-style; this poem infers that sometimes having it all, isn't enough to keep one satisfied. From the first person narrative of a little girl combined with the uses of symbolism, Brooks exposes and shows the irony of prosperity.
The speaker's tone and descriptions suggest that she is a girl. In line four, the presenter refers to herself as a girl; the term "girl" has a connotation as a more youthful female. The following lines sound very demanding and childish:
I want to go in the trunk yard now
And maybe down the alley
To where the charity children play
I want a great time today (ll 5-8).
The words "want" and "now" determine the selfish tendencies of a kid. . The importance of the speaking being truly a young girl, originates from the fact that small children are usually ignorant to riches and status. Young children really only want fun and pleasure out of life. Furthermore, the specification of that time period being "now" shows that it must be done before it is too later, and profile status becomes eminent in determining social associations.
The loudspeaker uses the symbolic front yard versus yard to infer position. The symbolism starts on the first line of the poem where Brooks talks about that the presenter has stayed in the front backyard all her life, recommending a desire to have change. Over a literal level, the front yard is a location people can see from the road. It really is generally inviting, orderly, and beautiful. This leads one to assume a front yard can stand for order, uniformity, and status on the symbolic level. The loudspeaker is apparently uninterested in her life in leading yard as is manufactured clear when she says, "A woman gets sick of a rose"(Line 4). The rose is a lovely, rich flower; only 1 with money would be able to get "sick" than it. A back yard is a place that you cannot see from the street and requires an invitation. The back garden is, "Where it's abrasive and untended and starving weed expands" (Collection 3). The back backyard usually is not well retained since it is unseen, symbolizing the way the poor are care-free and daring due never to being "radar" so to speak.
The garden is symbolically a place for the indegent, and for that reason it becomes a location for the unattractive in society. In one sense, Brooks utilizes the trunk yard as a place where people conceal things for example prosperous people concealing the ugly, "hungry weed" (lines 3) in the yard. But the garden isn't only seen as the physically unattractive place, but they have connotations of bad people. As the mother lists the types of people from the back yard, she says, "That George'll be taken to Jail soon or later part of the/ (Due to last winter he sold our rear gate)" (ln. 15-16). The emphasis on back again gate alongside theft and jail reinforces the hideousness and bad that link to the back yard. In addition, the word "Jail" is capitalized exhibiting that this has importance. It shows that if the lady goes into the trunk yard she will come in contact with the bad on the planet.
However, in another sense, Brooks crowns the yard as a location that the prosperous person needs to be. A sort of secret garden because of this young wealthy female as she really wants to explore the incomprehensible freedom the poor live with. In this sense the poor children aren't forced to play in the backyard they are permitted to play there; while the rich young lady is chained to her front yard of responsibility and stringent restrictions. When the girl voices her desire to play with the children in the backyard, the mother sneers (line 11). The mother explains how much trouble the youngsters in the trunk yard are certain to get the presenter in, but the speaker continues to desire to do some wonderful things" (series 9) and moves against what her mother says.
The steady contradiction between the mother and the girl, connect to the ignorance and tolerance younger children generally have. In the very beginning of the poem, it appears likely the loudspeaker is a young child, but the previous stanza she imagines how she wants to be always a woman. She says, "And I'd like to be a bad woman, too/ And wear the brace stocking of night-black ribbons/ And strut down the streets with coloring on my face" (ll. 18-20). This explanation of a female in make-up (lines 20) and dark ribbons stockings (line 19) is of a person in the back yard, a poor person, but a woman not a child. The younger fantasizes about playing in the alley (range 6), where in fact the female fantasizes about "strut[ting] down the roadways" (brand 20). The differ from a child to a woman symbolizes the transition of adolescents overcoming the segregations created by wealth.
The rhyme program is constant throughout the poem except for the previous stanza attaching to the change from a teenager to a woman. The rhyme scheme established in most of the poem is abcc, where in fact the first two lines do not follow an established rhyme however the third and forth form a rhyme. However the last stanza varieties two rhyming couplets:
But I say it's fine. Honest, I do.
And I'd like to be considered a bad woman, too,
And wear the brace stockings of night-black lace
And strut down the pavements with coloring on my face. (ll. 17-20)
The words "do" and "too" hook up through end rhyme, and "lace" and "face" hook up through end rhyme. The constant new structure shown in the last stanza pertains to the new marriage established for the speaker.
Gwendolyn Brook's poem "a track in the front garden" uses the first person narrative and symbolism to show the irony and romantic relationship between the wealthy and poor. The young speaker shows how adolescence includes ignorance by desiring to go against her mom and play in the back yard. Leading yard and yard symbolize different life-style: the carefree, un-kept poor lifestyle of the trunk backyard, that the wealthy narrator living "in the front garden" (lines 1), envies and the rich people sneering (line 11) in their prominent back yards. Brooks reinforces that ignorance causes accepting and allows the girl to desire close the gap of parting.