Therefore, the significance of the name of the pool hall is that the pool players who hang out there are digging their own graves by conducting illegal business. The pool players have an air of mystery around them that makes them seem cool. They seem exciting, because they aren't doing what they are supposed to be doing; they aren't playing it safe. (p.41)(s5). She uses short phrases that are more likely to stick in the reader's head. By starting a line with the words "lurk," "strike," and "die" instead of "we" she is putting emphasis on the actions of the boys and the consequence of those actions. Each of the couplets in the poem rhyme: "cool" and "school," "late" and "straight," "sin" and "gin," which creates a melodic tone. When someone reads a poem that rhymes they are more likely to remember that poem. The "we" at the end of every line provokes a sense of togetherness until the end when they die. Their way of life will certainly end in death. All they will ever be known as are the pool players at the Golden Shovel. The initial simplicity of the poem serves to invite the reader to analyze the text, searching for the deeper meaning. (p41)
Title: Brooks/ We Real Cool Work cited “ Brooks, Gwendolyn. “We Real Cool." The Norton Anthology of Poetry . And “The mix Norton”
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