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The Bean Eaters Summary & Analysis
by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks’s “The Bean Eaters,” first published in her 1960 collection of the same name, follows the slow rhythm of an elderly couple’s daily life. The poem's careful attention to the look and feel of the couple's tiny apartment—both scruffy and homey, poor and warm—subtly examines themes of aging, class, and nostalgia, all through the lens of everyday life in 20th-century Chicago.

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