One literary device used in Brooks' poem is punning. Punning is when a word can have more than one meaning. In this poem, the frequently used word "we" can mean either a group of people (you (all) and me) or "whee" as in "what a good time!" This becomes clear if you hear Brooks reading the poem—the "we" at the end of each line is dragged out as if it is the "whee" of flying high on a swing. This alternate meaning of "whee" for we is emphasized by the dropping of the word after the poem's last line "Die soon."
The poem also employs repetition, a literary device used for emphasis, in the repeating of the word "we" at the end of each but the last line.
The poem uses dialect , which is non-standard English. In this case, the words "we real cool" that both name and open the poem are dialect for the standard English usage of "we are really cool" that would be grammatically correct. This shows that these youth are outside of mainstream culture and also can be read ironically: how cool are they,...
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