perspective in their ability to “[leave] school” and “lurk late” shows that they view their low standing in society with honor because of their contempt for the system. b) The constant use of “We” (i) This element of the poem shows a theme of identity shared among the boys. They proudly identify themselves as a group, deliberately emphasizing that they are different from the norm making them above others and especially “cool.” c) “We die soon” (i) The final line highlights the theme of mortality at play in the poem. It shows that the boys understand that their lifestyle is dangerous and that it may be shortening their life span every second, but they choose to do it anyway. This ties in with their sense of pride and identity as they truly believe that they are living life to the fullest. B) P2: The literary elements utilized by Brooks in the poem add to its rebellious yet smooth vibe. a) “cool” and “school,” “late” and “straight,” “sin” and “gin,” “June” and “soon” (i)
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