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Almost all of the poem is written with monosyllabic lexis, meaning words which are comprised of only one syllable. In fact, there are only four words in the whole poem which have more than one...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2021 11:58 am UTC

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In this poem, Brooks employs musical devices, figurative language that evokes feeling through the use of certain repeated sounds, in order to emphasize a certain idea or word. For example, the word...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2018 1:08 am UTC

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As the repetition of an initial consonant sound, alliteration catches the ear and speeds the movement of the line of poetry in which it is contained. In Gwendolyn Brooks's short poem, "The Pool...

Latest answer posted August 6, 2015 9:06 pm UTC

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The Pool PlayersSeven At The Golden Shovel We real cool. Weleft school. We Lurk late. WeStrike straight. We Sing sin. WeThin gin. We Jazz June. WeDie soon. __________________ There is a jazzy tone...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2014 5:33 am UTC

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The subtitle of the poem is "The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel." I believe the speakers of the poem are the seven pool players of the poem. These young men have no sense of purpose in...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2010 11:16 am UTC

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The placement of the We at the end of lines imitates the movement of seven pool players who would step up to the table to take their turns after the previous player has shot. In addition, by...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2012 12:43 am UTC

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The Power of Group Associations One thing you can't miss in this poem is the focus on "we." The individual is left behind in this poem and becomes one of a collective group who participates in...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 4:39 am UTC

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Lyric poetry is typically identified by its form and its subject. It is called "lyric" because it has some kind of rhythm and seems as though it could be set to music, and it also tends to describe...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2018 5:06 pm UTC

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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)...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2018 9:17 pm UTC

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In "We Real Cool," Gwendolyn Brooks uses a poetic device known an enjambment: her lines don't break at the end of a thought but in the middle, pulling readers into the next line to reach the end of...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2020 3:39 am UTC

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You are doing an excellent job so far! I think your paraphrase is spot on, except the last sentence could be more dire than "get in trouble." Perhaps you could say something like, "We don't realize...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2016 1:41 am UTC

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Brooks's poem is unusual in having lines of only three beats and words of only one syllable. The emphasis—if you listen to a recording of her reading it—falls on the "we" at the end of each line in...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 1:40 am UTC

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Since the characters in this poem are not directly stated, I would assume from the context clues that the characters are students in school. They are most likely older, in high school since it says...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2015 4:58 pm UTC

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Yes, there are a great many musical devices in the poem, which is quite fitting as the speaker does mention "Jazz" in the penultimate line. Also, we get the sense that the speaker is young, as a...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2020 3:24 pm UTC

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Gwendolyn Brooks's short poem "We Real Cool" deals with a group of adolescents who labor under the misapprehension that they're cool. What's more, they seem to think that their supposed coolness...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2021 9:01 am UTC

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It is of course possible for any work of literature to have two tones or more, depending on its length and content. I think it is fair to say that, thinking about this excellent poem, that there...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 4:20 am UTC

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Tone is generally defined as how the author feels about his or her subject. You have been asked to infer what Gwendolyn Brooks was thinking and/or feeling by writing "We Real Cool." The first thing...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2011 6:04 am UTC

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In Gwendolyn Brooks's "We Real Cool" the focal theme is the stereotype of the young black American of the late 1950's and early 1960's; one who aims desperately to find a role within a society that...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2012 7:58 pm UTC

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Ironcially English teachers in a certain urban school were criticized years ago for having their students read this poem because it was "immoral." Obviously the critics missed the satire, here....

Latest answer posted March 6, 2011 9:26 pm UTC

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I am only allowed to answer the first question. Any other questions must be posted separately. In the poem "We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks, there are two notes after the title, before the poem...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2010 1:24 pm UTC

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Brooks has said that she passed a pool hall during school hours and saw some boys shooting pool. Instead of asking herself why they weren’t in school, she contemplated what these boys thought of...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 6:24 am UTC

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Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “We Real Cool” might at first seem to have very little in common with William Ernest Henley’s poem “Invictus.” On closer examination, however, the two works reveal some...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2011 1:16 pm UTC

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In "We Real Cool," the teenaged boys construct their identity out of rebelling against the education system and dropping out of school. They are who they are because of their group identity: we...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2019 11:23 am UTC

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In her poetry, Gwendolyn Brooks strives to "feature people and their concerns—their troubles as well as their joys." Her brief poem, "We Real Cool"— We real cool. WeLeft school. WeLurk late....

Latest answer posted June 17, 2017 4:34 pm UTC

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Brooks employs a few different strategies to establish a rhythm in the poem and control the pace. The pause between two words is longer than any pause between two syllables of the same word....

Latest answer posted March 30, 2020 1:24 am UTC

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"We Real Cool" by Gwendolyn Brooks With her fourth volume of poetry, The Bean Eaters (1960), Gwendolyn Brooks, who was profoundly influenced by the work of Romantics John Keats and Percy Bysshe...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2015 8:56 am UTC

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I would think the most important facts concerning the speaker or speakers of the poem (for we are never told if this is one voice or a collective voice of a group) is the kind of lifestyle that the...

Latest answer posted March 3, 2011 6:18 pm UTC

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Gwnedolyn Brooks seems to choose the inhabit the persona of a group of young men who believe that they are "real cool" because alll they do is drink, dance and play pool and have not achieved...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2012 2:34 pm UTC

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In “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, the characters skip school and go to the Golden Shovel to play pool. They are seven teenagers, and they seem to take great delight in their rebellion. They...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2021 8:18 pm UTC

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"We Real Cool," by Gwendolyn Brooks, is about seven teenage boys who have left school to spend their time playing pool. The boys brag that they "lurk late," "sing sin" and "thin gin." They also...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2011 9:25 am UTC

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While I believe Brooks feels sympathy for the pool playing dropouts, I read the poem as sharply critical of the lives they are leading. I have trouble with the idea of having to choose between an...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2019 2:21 pm UTC

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I’ve always seen the line “THE POOL PLAYERS. SEVEN AT THE GOLDEN SHOVEL” as part of the title of, or perhaps as an epigraph of sorts to, Gwendolyn Brooks’ poem “We Real Cool.” This line names the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2011 10:14 am UTC

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If I understand your question, you need three aspects of the poem to tie to your understanding of the poem's theme of identity. If that is the case, then you might consider the following: The...

Latest answer posted February 28, 2019 11:21 pm UTC

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I think that the subject matter of Brooks' poem connects to her life. Brooks understood the reality of racial dynamics and how it impacts people in the modern condition from an early age. Seeing...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2012 11:29 pm UTC

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This poem utilizes a poetic technique known as enjambment. Enjambment is when the end of the line does not mark the end of a sentence or phrase; it runs into the next. Brooks wields this technique...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2019 11:02 am UTC

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