Analysis of Sadie and Maud

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1 Gwendolyn Brooks is a Noble Prize winning poet, and she has also worked hard in efforts to gain more support and advancement opportunities for African Americans. She was the publicity director for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Chicago while she attended and graduated from Wilson Junior College. Brooks also succeeded Carl Sandburg as poet laureate of Illinois. With her poem “Annie Allen,” Brooks became the first African American woman to win the Nobel Prize. Published in 1945, “Sadie and Maud” was another famous poem that reflected the times in which Brooks grew up. During the 40's and 50's, women across America were torn between choosing a simple domestic life and having a career. Brooks' take on this controversial topic is apparent in the poem Sadie and Maud. If the reader looks closely at the tone, concepts, and figure of speech in this poem he or she can understand the meaning of the poem rather easily. The major theme can be described in the Latin phrase “carpe diem,” which means “seize the day,” so in other words a person should live everyday as if its their last. The persona of this poem i Continue...


Sadie passed on her lifestyle and vest for life to her daughters when she passed away, yet Maud was left all alone in her house. There are two metaphors in this poem that let you know a lot about the major theme of the "Sadie and Maud. The diction in the poem is simple and informal because of its word choice and sentence structure. She lived her life not looking back, and society and her family shamed her. Maud, on the other hand, went to college and did everything that was asked of her, yet she is the one at the end that is all alone and afraid of life. s a third person that knows or knows of Sadie and Maud and their life growing up. Looking at the figures of speech and concepts in this poem helps you to realize what the overall theme of the poem is. The tone, or attitude of the poet, starts out very straight forward and objective while the persona speaks of Sadie and Maud growing up; however, in the final stanza, you can sense the tone becoming more sympathetic towards Sadie since she was ridiculed for her lifestyle, yet Maud is the one that is all alone. On the other hand, just because you have a career won't necessarily make you a happy person. The concept of "carpe diem is basically the lifestyle that Sadie lives. Maud ends up alone after shaming Sadie and her daughters and after her parents have already passed away. These two metaphors teach the reader a lot about both Sadie and Maud, and they help he or she to see the overall theme of the poem. On the other hand, Sadie enjoys every moment of life and has two daughters to love and care for, and she dies young and happy. Sadie lived her life the way she wanted, and Maud did everything the normal and supposed right way. Basically Brooks is trying to tell us not to dwell on what others may think or may tell you is right, but you should live each day to the best of your ability.