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Analysis and comments on To Be In Love by Gwendolyn Brooks

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Comment 13 of 13, added on November 24th, 2012 at 8:00 AM.
to be in love

really this poem is very good one. before understand this poem we have to
love , if we do,then we wil better understand this poem ..........

satyajit from India
Comment 12 of 13, added on June 4th, 2011 at 7:45 AM.
Test, just a test

Hello. And Bye.

XRumerTest from United States
Comment 11 of 13, added on April 18th, 2010 at 4:46 PM.
WOW

I just read this poem because as we speak I am doing a research paper on
it. I can 100% relate to this poem and I have personally felt all of these
feelings in the poem. "You cannot look into his eyes Because your pulse
what not say What must not be said." THAT IS BEAUTIFUL. There are no words
for this poem. She is explaining that when 2 people are in love they become
1. I coul not help but smile when I read this. WOW.

Rachael from United States
Comment 10 of 13, added on April 18th, 2010 at 4:46 PM.
WOW

I just read this poem because as we speak I am doing a research paper on
it. I can 100% relate to this poem and I have personally felt all of these
feelings in the poem. "You cannot look into his eyes Because your pulse
what not say What must not be said." THAT IS BEAUTIFUL. There are no words
for this poem. She is explaining that when 2 people are in love they become
1. I coul not help but smile when I read this. WOW.

Rachael from United States
Comment 9 of 13, added on January 4th, 2010 at 7:06 PM.

thank you, Liz! it helped a lot :)

meagan from United States
Comment 8 of 13, added on September 24th, 2009 at 2:31 PM.

i lyk this poem 2, i found it looken for a poem for my 8th grade report. i
believe that gwendolyn brooks shows the love of a white man, through the
black womans life, she shows their happiness and the downfalls of this
poem. At the end she closes it out with a dramatic ending.

julia from United States
Comment 7 of 13, added on April 30th, 2009 at 5:26 PM.

I believe that this poem is about the forbidden love between a black woman
and a white man (remember that Gwendolyn is a Black Rights activist) "To be
in love/Is to touch things with a lighter hand." refers to her lovers hand.
"You look at things/through his eyes/a cardinal is red/a sky is blie" is a
line in which she intentionally brings up the question of COLOR. She could
be illustrating the first time the couple met, when she goes on to say
"Suddenly you know he knows too." and "His hand to take your hand is
overmuch/too hard to bear./ You cannot look into his eyes/ because your
pulse must not say/ what must be said." The explination of these lines is
later on, "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 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." The vison that i
gain from this is that of a black woman working somewhere, when the white
man walks in. Their eyes meet, and she drops something, possibly a bapkin.
He reaches down to picl it up for her and their hands touch. They know then
taht they aren't as different as they seem, and are "tasting together/ The
winter, or light spring weather" and then all at once thay have to part,
for neither can admit the feelings they have, as it would mean certain
death for her in their racist society. It is a "golden hurt" because of the
innocent emotion they share, and once gone, she feels empty and her "arms
are water." she is set free from the spell of her love, but its a ghastly
freedom which she may not wish to have. If they think too much about the
glorified moment they shared, then it sinks until it is not better than the
commonest ash, because the knowledge of un-acceptance within their society
tarnishes the gleam of their "Column of Gold." When you look at the poem in
a book (it is written on two pages in "Selected Poems" by Gwendolyn Brooks.
New york, NY: Harper cOllins Publisher, 2006 120-121) and the left half is
simmilar the the broken side of a heart, while the left side is rigid and
unresponsive, much like an unbending column of hard metal. Likewise the
right half of the poem is full of light, happy emotion at a curosry glance,
while the left half is darker, and shows impossibility and destruction. (If
this helped you please post a comment! thanks! :) )

Liz from United States
Comment 6 of 13, added on March 19th, 2008 at 12:20 AM.

This poem is about how being in love is a beautiful thing; you are feeling
great and soothed.
It's about how deep in love she's feeling but something is not going to
well.
You see things in his perspective- what you get is what you see and you
notice that he notices it too.
You are apart but still together.

It is devastating now and you can't bear to look into his eyes.

They break up (When he Shuts a door- Is not there) and she can't take it,
she "cannot look into his eyes"

"And you are free with a ghastly freedom. You are the beautiful half of a
golden hurt"
That makes sure that the reader knows that she just experienced a brutal
break up. She feels as if what was once beautiful (love) is now harming
her.

she misses him and she wants to be in denial about it, because "to declare
is certain death"
Must not admit to this pain because it will be the cause of her death (may
not be literal - not in my opinion)

The value of love is lost into "the commonest ash"
Now it is nothing.

Beautiful.

Melissa from Chile
Comment 5 of 13, added on February 15th, 2007 at 10:39 AM.

I have to do a project on Gwendolyn Brooks and this poem is BEAUTIFUL! I
absolutly love it. To me, this poem means, that to be in love you are a
nicer person. That you can see another perspective through his eyes, and
you can understand what they are feeling. You change for him without
changing your point of views. You know what things look like to you, but
you also know what things look like to him. It means that you two do things
together and have the same feelings. And when you two do things together,
you get excited and you act differently. When he does something, the thing
is not there any longer, it is something new. You get nervous and feel
differently inside. You feel as though nothing can hold you back. Together,
you are one, but apart, you are half of what you should be. You are not
whole. You always remember to do something little that makes all the
difference to you and him. And when something is new, you think about
belonging to each other, dieing. BEAUTIFUL!

Megan from United States
Comment 4 of 13, added on March 2nd, 2006 at 4:07 PM.

I loved this absolutly beautiful poem. I'm only 11 years old and even I can
fell a deep connection with it.(and for those wondering, yes I DO
understand it)

marina

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