The Bean Eaters
The Bean Eaters
by Gwendolyn Brooks

Tough-O-Meter

We’ve got your back. With the Tough-O-Meter, you’ll know whether to bring extra layers or Swiss army knives as you summit the literary mountain. (10 = Toughest)

(2) Sea Level

Let's face it – this poem is pretty much a walk in the park. OK, it's not so full of balloons and ice cream as your normal park, but it's still pretty easy to wander through. Our speaker lays out a scene before our eyes, in simple language and without much elaborate imagery. It doesn't create a very happy space, but it's also not that hard to dwell in for a little while.

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