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1. A “kitchenette” was an apartment divided up into a series of small rooms which were rented out, sometimes to entire families. How does Brooks create the feeling of many people living together? What details does she include to dramatize such close quarters?
2. What is the tone of the poem? Does Brooks seem to despair over the destiny of the dream or accept it with humor? Try to find particular moments in the poem that offer complicated or competing tones.
3. Brooks writes that “Dream’ makes a giddy sound”; what kinds of dreams do you think she is talking about? Compare this poem to Langston Hughes’s “Harlem”—are they similar or different? In what ways?
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