Brooks - We Real Cool THE POOL PLAYERS SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN...

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We Real Cool 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.
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Gwendolyn Brooks 1917-2000 Poetry
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We Real Cool THE POOL PLAYERS SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL We real cool. We syntax Left school. We line breaks Lurk late. We alliteration Strike straight. We Sing sin . We meaning? Thin gin . We Jazz June . We word choice? Die soon. pattern
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Brooks on the “we” “The WEs in ‘We Real Cool’ are tiny, wispy, weakly argumentative ‘Kilroy-is-here’ announcements. The boys have no accented sense of themselves, yet they are aware of a semi-defined personal importance. Say the ‘We’ softly.” “First of all, let me tell you how that’s ["We Real Cool"] supposed to be said, because there’s a reason why I set it out as I did. These are people who are essentially saying, ‘Kilroy is here. We are.’ But they’re a little uncertain of the strength of their identity. The ‘We’—you’re supposed to stop after the ‘we’ and think about validity; of course, there’s no way for you to tell whether it should be said softly or not, I suppose, but I say it rather softly because I want to represent their basic uncertainty.”
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Hortense Spillers on the “we” If the reader chooses to render the poem that way, she runs out of breath, or trips her tongue, but it seems that such "breathlessness" is exactly required of dudes
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