Render 5and during the nights instead of studying they “lurked late.””at the pool hall and drunk “thin gin” (8) and during the nights instead of studying they “lurked late” (5).”
Render 6We Real Cool Analysis “Gwendolyn Brooks is best known for being the first Black author to win a Pulitzer Prize,however, she began to publish poems at 13 years old. One of her works that I read this semester caught my eye, it was written originally in 1959, but was not published until 1960 in Brooks’ book, “The Bean Eaters” (“Gwendolyn Brooks”). In the poem “We Real Cool,” Gwendolyn Brooks used the literary techniques imagery, symbolism, and alliteration to depict a theme of a youth group acting in rebellious ways. For example, in the heading of the poem, it allows us to imagine seven people playing pool at the Golden Shovel during the day, while also mentioning that they “sing sin” and “thin gin.”As most of Brooks’ readers can tell, she uses imagery to create the image of a group of boys being rebellious. I have reason to believe that the group that she refers to as “we” are African American boys, more likely teenagers. Lines one and two in the poem is spoken almost as if the group had better things to do rather than being in school, whereas Line five and six tells us that the group was drinking “Thin Gin.” Brooks’ referred to the alcoholic beverage as “Thin” because is the process in which people add water to the alcoholic beverage to dilute it. Another sight of imagery that one would receive by reading this poem would be a hot summer day with jazz music because of the words “Jazz June” being mentioned. The symbolism Brooks’ used in her poem was very significant. Throughout the poem, Brooks repeatedly uses the pronoun “we” to represent the group who is playing pool. The poem
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