To be in love

To be in love
Gwendolyn Brooks wrote the poem To be in love. An analysis of love, caught in a poem.

About Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was born on June 7 1917. She moved with her parents from Topeka (Kansas, US) to Chicago (Illinois, US) and began to write poetry when she was seventeen years old. This lead to the publication of her work in the Chicago Defender. This was a newspaper for the black community of Chicago.

When writing poetry, she found her inspiration in her own life. Living in the big city of Chicago.

In 1950, Brooks, received the Pullitzer Prize for her book Annie Alien. She would become the first afro-american woman who was awarded this prize. She then gave lectures throughout the country and started to teach at several American universities.

In 1968 she became the Poet Laureate of Illinois. Five years before she died, she was awarded with the National Medal of Arts. Brooks died on December 3 2000 in Chicago.


About the To be in love

A perfect analysis of love. It makes one see the world different. Not only through your own eyes, but through your lover’s eyes as well. Sometimes love isn’t easy to forget. It can make you hurt from the inside and make you see the world differently.

To be in love

To be in love

To be in love
Is to touch with a lighter hand.
In yourself you stretch, you are well.
You look at things
Through his eyes.
A cardinal is red.
A sky is blue.
Suddenly you know he knows too.
He is not there but
You know you are tasting together
The winter, or a light spring weather.
His hand to take your hand is overmuch.
Too much to bear.
You cannot look in his eyes
Because your pulse must not say
What must not be said.
When he
Shuts a door-
Is not there_
Your arms are water.
And you are free
With a ghastly freedom.
You are the beautiful half
Of a golden hurt.
You remember and covet his mouth
To touch, to whisper on.
Oh when to declare
Is certain Death!
Oh when to apprize
Is to mesmerize,
To see fall down, the Column of Gold,
Into the commonest ash.
— Gwendolyn Brooks

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