Poetry is a beautiful thing. Images, figurative language, and rhythm are just some of the rhetorical devices used in poetry. Poetry is usually structured and allows you to wonder, question, and imagine what the meaning of the texts is. Our terrific woman this Tuesday is Gwendolyn Brooks. She was a postwar poet, and is the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize for her book, “Annie Allen.”

Gwendolyn published her first poem in a magazine when she was 13, and by 16 she had about 75 poems published! She took any opportunity she could get just so her work could be seen. She submitted her work to the Chicago Defender, which is a leading African American newspaper, and that is how many of her poems received exposure. When attending high school, Gwendolyn encountered racial prejudice which gradually made her a stronger person and influenced her writing. She didn’t let the social injustices in the United States negatively affect who she was. Instead, she found a way to learn and grow from the situation.

Gwendolyn used her craft to help others. She arranged poetry workshops for African Americans, and she taught at many colleges/universities such as Chicago State University, Columbia University, and the University of Wisconsin, as a creative writing instructor. Gwendolyn is a great example of a hardworking and determined woman! She is a girl with beauty and brains!

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