Comparing Gwendolyn Brooks' 'We Real Cool' and Robert Frost's 'Nothing'
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Fall From Youth
Although there are a number of different facets regarding the careers and works of Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost, there are a number of similarities between their respective poems "We Real Cool" and "Nothing Gold Can Stay". These similarities become all the more apparent when one attempts to compare the imagery of these poems. A careful consideration of this comparison indicates that the imagery of each of these poems is preoccupied with the concept of time in various aspects of its ephemeral nature, which ultimately reveals itself in a common theme of the untimely transition of youth to a state of death. Both Brooks' and Frost's works largely deal with the transitory aspect of lives that are fated, all too often, to result in premature deaths. The imagery in the former of these poems indicates the early deaths of youths who "left school" only to "die soon" (Brooks). The rapid transition from youth to the final stages of life is denoted by the fact that the poem chronicles the fate of school-aged children, or those who recently left school, who chose to revel in substance abuse which is alluded to by the reference to "gin" (Brooks). At the time that such youngsters should be celebrating life, in "June" (Brooks), when graduation comes around, they are instead fated to their early deaths. Frost details a similar concept, although instead of utilizing references to people to explore this idea, his principle imagery is that of nature. Nearly all of the