Gwendolyn Brooks’ Radical Take on Virgil’s Aeneid



In her 1949 Pulitzer-prize winning book of poems, Annie Allen, Chicago treasure Gwendolyn Brooks titles one poem “The Anniad,” directly referencing and playing with the Aeneid, Virgil’s Latin epic about Rome and the hero Aeneas. Brooks gives her heroine, Chicago-born Annie, her own miniature epic set among urban poor.  Read about Brooks at the Poetry Foundation website.    Below, Brooks at her typewriter with a copy of Annie Allen.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *