That reality is quite sad, because once they age more, their memories will become faded and they might not remember anything much from their past. This is called as a quatrain.
The title of the poem is also symbolic which signify the poverty of the couple. They might take dinner to mark the festive occasion. That is to say, they eat dinners occasionally. For the couple to lean over the beans to look at all of their belongings symbolizes the way they surpass their conditions and remember their interesting past with the memory that each item contains. They do this with twinkling and twinges.
Some memories are happy so they reminisce with a twinkle in their eye while some maybe sad and painful which cause them to twinge in pain. Also you can visualize that the couple are barely going on with the lives and maintaining it with the inexpensive things they have. The setting in the back room with low cost dinnerware and creaking table metaphorically suggests that the old couples are poor and live in a pathetic place.
The definition of symbolism is the use of symbols to signify ideas and qualities by giving them symbolic meanings that are different from their literal sense. This people are often ignored by politics and shunned by their society at large, a message that is elicited through literary elements such as symbolism, metaphor and rhyme The message that the writer is trying to convey is that this poem is about an old poor couple who have yellowed like an old paper or an old leaf they eat beans mostly, this old yellow pair. Their age and poverty is again reinforced in this imagery.
Another symbol that Brooks uses to convey her theme is when she refers back to the beans again at the end of the poem.
Their all the contributions have been forgotten by the whites and they are in the isolated place of the back room with the memories of the past only. Already a member? In the readers mind they could visualize a stuffed room of belongings.
The third literary element found in this poem is the rhyme of the poem. The title of the poem is also symbolic which signify the poverty of the couple. That is to say, they eat dinners occasionally. Though the poem is short, it is packed with symbols and metaphors. In the last stanza more imagery is present.
The author uses many objects in this poem to show us that the old couple were surrounded by objects from the past without any other human contact. Their life has gone being good. Even as our world modernizes, there are still people living in extreme poverty. In the thorough reading of the poem, it seems to be the analysis of the poverty but if the old yellow pair stands for the black, it represents the stories of the black.