We Real Cool

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We Real Cool
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We Real Cool In this paper the topic that will be written about is the poem entitled “We Real Cool”. This poem was written in 1960 by a woman named Gwendolyn Brooks. In this paper three topics have been selected so that this poem will be able to be analyzed. With each element, it will de discussed how those elements affected and interested me while reading. The three elements that have been written about are form, language, and content. Form, in poetry, can be understood as the physical structure of the poem: the length of the lines, their rhythms, their system of rhymes and repetition (The Poetry Archive, 2005-2010). Form is the technical word for the look and sound of language (Kwikguide, 2009). In a
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There was a lot of confusion about what the writer was trying to get across. Initially, the thought that the poem was referring to herself was a bit transparent, so immediately the thought was that it was supposed to be a tragic poem. However, after listening to the author read the poem, and did more research, there was complete surprise. The poem was written to come off as a happy and a very positive poem. As it was mentioned previously, the most interesting part about this poem is the “We”. Gwendolyn is a very enjoyable sounding writer. She has a very strong pronunciation and the age in her voice helps with the passionate sound of the reading. In conclusion, form, content, and language come together in this literary work to offer a striking emotional response from its reader. Without each of these specific components, the poem simply wouldn’t have the same effect. Form is necessary to provide structure, content its scene and language its sound and feel. Gwendolyn Brooks has included each ingredient to provide a brief, but strong feeling one way or another, for the young people of this poem.

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Brooks, G. (1987). The pool players. Blacks. Chicago: David. (Original work published 1960 in The Bean Eaters)
Clugston, R. W. (2010). Journey into literature. San Diego, California: Bridgepoint Education, Inc. https://content.ashford.edu/books

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