“We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. I personally fell in love with this poem the moment I read it and wanted to keep reading it over and over again because it had such a unique beat to it. We Real Cool by Gwendolyn Brooks incorporated multiple themes that included pride, death and identity. The pride aspect came from their behavioral choices. It was almost as if they loved doing what they were doing and did it with a smile on their faces. The death aspect came from “die soon” as if they knew their lifestyle would eventually be their demise. The identity aspect came from the word “we” that was stated at the end of every line. The group was a single united front. The meaning of this poem was pure rebellion because they were outsiders who lived on their terms.
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