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"Kitchenette Building" by Gwendolyn Brooks (1917-2000)

Brooks, Gwendolyn. "Kitchenette Building." Poetry Foundation. Poetry Foundation, n.d. Web. 16 June 2016.

What is the primary contrast explored through the poem?


The putrid conditions of working in a low-class restaurant contrasted with the dream of being a performing artist.


The constrictions and squalor of substandard tenement housing contrasted with the hope of the beauty in a freer, more pleasant life.


The starkness and stench of an uncontrolled lifestyle contrasted with the color and vibrancy of the life of dreams.


The unsteady silliness of dreams contrasted with the constant strength of reality.


The lack of color and the rancidness of kitchen duties contrasted with the loveliness and warmth of free time.

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