“We real cool/We Left School/We lurk late. We Strike straight/We Sing sin/We Thin gin/We Jazz June/we die soon.” These are the words from the famous poem “We Real Cool” by Gwendolyn Brooks, one of the most influential poets of the 20th century. Brooks resided in Southside Chicago and wrote most of her poetry portraying the inner city life she witnessed on her corner. Mick Jenkins is a music artist from Southside Chicago as well putting out two albums titled “The…...
Introduction Gwendolyn Brooks' poem "We Real Cool" identifies the struggle that Black American youths went through to define themselves in the late fifties and early sixties, in a society that was predominately trying to keep them oppressed. The poem portrays a group of young Black boys who hang out in a pool hall and conduct illegal activity instead of going to school with the rest of their peers. The boys are insecure about their role in society; they talk big…...
Rhyme Gwendolyn Brooks makes great use of rhyme throughout the poem. She uses words such as "cool", "school", "sin", and "gin" (Brooks 684-685). These are rhymes that appear at the end of lines. The rhyme scheme used compliments the theme, since it is the directed to a young audience. It is known that Brooks is trying to attract a young crowd because she is talking about young people who are supposed to attend school. The poem has an up tempo…...
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The Poem We real cool. We Left school. We Lurk late. We Strike straight. We Sing sin. We Thin gin. We Jazz June. We Die soon. Summary: This poem was written in 1959, which was in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. In the case of Brown v. Board of Education, in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled that it was unconstitutional to segregate schools; however, desegregation was slow and many African Americans became frustrated. Segregation caused more than just…...
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