It also contains references to the. It seems that, however fallen, Brooks, tile poet, simply must share the critic's position above those pool players. She seems to think he's going nowhere fast. Rather, the speaker is trying to imagine their thoughts. Language clears space in that field, exposing the white surface rather than concealing it. But in the end, rhythm and syntax contain and finally cut off that vitality.
The poem is quite short; only four stanzas, each being a two line couplet. The non-standard grammar of the title and first line transgresses the normal decorum of English language poetry, showing the social distance between the pool players and the middle class subjects of much of our poetic canon. The broadside version appeared in 1966, when Brooks was becoming more radically engaged in racial politics. The first stanza reads, ''We real cool. The alliteration gives these activities an appealing quality. They have no pretensions to any glamor. For example, who are the 'we'? A foxtrot above my head A sock hop beneath my bed A disco ball is just hanging by a thread.
To strike straight is to hit the pool ball hard and true - innocent enough in a game of pool - but what about the strike of a fist, the direct punch, the no nonsense jab, right hook? They make no excuse for themselves and apparently invite no one else to do so. She described this as her thought of the way the boys could, ''spit in the face'' of the society that failed to ''cherish'' them. I respect The famous African-American poet Gwendolyn Brooks. Gwendolyn Brooks: Founder at the Center of the 'Margins. You'd better run along now back to school and leave the 'singing about sin' to the older folks, like me. In eight could be nonstop lines, here is their total destiny.
Escaping the drudgery and dullness of school and work has left the lives of these drop-outs open to many romantic possibilities. On the other hand, the words ''lurk'' and ''strike'' have a slightly sinister cast and convey the impression that there might be a dark side to the activities or lifestyle the young man is describing. That word kind of becomes a question, as well as a refrain. The poem is their situation as they see it. Gwendolyn wrote the poem this way so that it would be easily readable for those who are less literate. Copyright © 1987 by the Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois.
Brooks's address is wider than Whitman's mutual embrace of writer and his people. On the one hand, they were thumbing their noses at society by hanging out at a place populated by gamblers and pool sharks — on a school day. Less than lean, it is virtually coded. Gwendolyn uses the word Lurk to mean the boys stayed out all night without anybody knowing, when she could have used sneak or hidden to mean the same thing. We Real Cool holds in its 8 lines the whole lives of a teenage gang, from their coolness to their demise. That particular grace and craft are from a world outside the pool hall.
Made up entirely of monosyllables and end-stops, the poem is no non-sense at all. The words, in a formal linguistic sense, remain the same, but the material presentation does not. Can we find here a stronger value in the whiteness of the paper and the blackness of the ink. Gwendolyn Brooks said she thought of ''jazz'' as creating trouble for society during a beloved time of the year. This strengthens the bonds between the pool players and brings a sense of bravado and chest beating. Overall, the speaker thinks his lifestyle is ''cool,'' but the poet doesn't.
The poem was referenced in the film , a film depicting the first date of future first couple and. Without actually telling us all about the seven young men, it does tell us about them. Writing in the vernacular has historically been seen as a political statement. They surely must be young because they're cool, real cool, which means exactly what? You don't have any literary model in mind; you're not thinking of Eliot or Pound or anybody in particular. I would like to bring Helen Vendler's recent mention of Brooks into conversation with Spillers's earlier tribute. As chalkboard writing, it appears in a setting familiar, if uncongenial, to the pool players. Notice also that the stanza does not end with a complete thought.
And the alliterative lurk late has negative connotations. We'' If Gwendolyn Brooks had written this poem in standard English, the first line would read ''We are really cool. This is called enjambment, a poetic technique in which the end of a complete thought or statement does not correspond to the end of a line. One possible interpretation that I feel strong about is…. She also uses alliteration to give the lifestyle being described a certain appeal--it's ''cool''--and relies on connotation rather than exact definitions to open up the meaning of a line. The poem is written in the vernacular tradition. This poem brings with it a kind of ambiguity - the lifestyle of these players is questionable to say the least.
Seven at the Golden Shovel. Likewise, the poem itself is simple enough to understand, yet doesn't sacrifice any substance or meaning in that simplicity. The design inverts the most pervasive printing convention of all into white lettering on a black field. She served as the U. Now, we don't always think an artist has to be seen through the lens or his or her environment, but in this poem the rhythms of jazz are fairly inescapable, so it's important mention it. The elegance of the typeface and the evenness of the layout in Selected Poems are products of craftsmanship, so well produced that they are refined out of notice.
The poem also covers the topic of mortality. What is the reader to make of these pool players who seem to take pride in the fact they have left school, escaping the tedium of education, perhaps risking unemployment and the chance to earn an honest dollar? Just think of the title We Real Cool which is long and drawn out, then contrast this with thin gin and sing sin for example, before the last line again reverts to long vowels, We die soon. It attempts to capture the rhythms of common speech distinctive to a group of people who use non-standard English, and who are perceived as socially inferior. The poem has three beats then has a pause. After all, what the heck is she doing poking her head into a gambling and drinking establishment in the middle of the day? It's the daring combination of language and rhythm that sets this poem apart. However, Brooks said that the interpretation was not her intention; instead she intended for it to represent music.