Poem Analysis: 'We Real Cool' by Gwendolyn Brooks

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The Pool Players. Seven at the Golden Shovel. We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We
Jazz June. We Die soon.
This is a short poem with five stanzas each having two lines. The poem is short and the choice of words is concrete and targeted at the subject that the poet is striving to put forth. The poem is generally on the life of the pool players. It depicts the fast paced lifestyle of the pool players, who can be noted to be young people who left school from stanza 2, "We left school." These youth then engage in casual lifestyle that dedicates no time to meaningful investment in life or engagements geared towards building their lives, but involve themselves in non-profitable endeavors like sinning, taking gin and frequenting the music joints and clubs. The poet through the persona indicates the hype behind the life that the youth are living, one that can be compared to jazz music in terms of enjoyment it gives to the youth. However, he is also awake to the fact that such a life is bound to be short and meaningless, the persona confesses that "We Die soon", a confession that has two meanings within it. One is that the youth are aware that the lifestyle they are living is a vanity manifested and also that they are aware that it ends quite fast. The death here could also be interpreted into two since it is mentioned at the end of the poem. It could mean the end of the lifestyle as…
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