Did Joan Murray write "We Old Dudes" as a parody of the poem "We Real Cool"?

Joan Murray did not write "We Old Dudes" as a parody of the poem "We Real Cool." This is evident from the fact that Murray is not imitating Gwendolyn Brooks's style for comedic effect, as is common in parody.

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Although the two poems are identical in structure and rhyme scheme, "We Old Dudes" is not a parody of "We Real Cool" because Joan Murray isn't imitating Gwendolyn Brooks's style in an exaggerated way for comedic effect. Murray isn't satirizing Brooks; instead, she is using the structure of the earlier...

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Although the two poems are identical in structure and rhyme scheme, "We Old Dudes" is not a parody of "We Real Cool" because Joan Murray isn't imitating Gwendolyn Brooks's style in an exaggerated way for comedic effect. Murray isn't satirizing Brooks; instead, she is using the structure of the earlier poem to describe a group that's the opposite of the one depicted in "We Real Cool" but whose members also will die soon.

Both poems consist of four sets of rhyming lines. In each set except the final one, each line ends with the word "we," with the rhyme falling on the second to last word of the line. However, in the fourth couplet, the final line breaks this pattern. In both poems, the final line consists of just two words, with the rhyme falling on the last word.

"We Real Cool" paints a portrait of young men from the inner city who dropped out of school and now stay out late, play pool, drink gin, and listen to jazz music.

"We Old Dudes" depicts golf-playing retirees who congregate at the food court at the mall and have enough money to live in or vacation at the wealthy resort town of Palm Beach, Florida.

In "We Real Cool," the young men will die soon because of their hard-living lifestyle. In "We Old Dudes," the men will die soon because they are old.

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