Interpretation: “We Real Cool” Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" seems to identify the struggle of seven troubled teens possibly African American’s in the 60’s since that is time period the poem was written. The poem portrays a group of young teens hanging out in a pool hall called The Golden Shovel, instead of going to school. The group seem as if they’re showing off, boasting “we real cool” (Brooks 527) possibly trying to hide insecurities, living up to the stereotypes lazy black man. The poem opens with seven boys at a pool hall named the Golden Shovel, possibly signifying a small gang. The name of the pool hall, the Golden Shovel, signifies the short life for the teens. Instead of being in school obtaining an education they chose a path trouble leading them to an early grave. The poem reflects an idea that they gave up on having a education, possibly because they saw no need for it in their future choosing a life of crime as a way to survive.
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- Fall '09
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