Mootry and Gary Smith. Speaking with the well-earned authority of her position as a major reader of the Western canon and an influential critic of new poet candidates to that tradition, Vendler writes about the new national poet laureate in Callaloo, the most important wider-than-academic journal of black and Third World poetry.
These short lines, then, are your own invention at this point? More literal, literary, and liberating are her encouragement and publicity in favor of young poets than the hope that one day, perhaps crossing to Brooklyn on a ferry, one might think her thoughts.
The design inverts the most pervasive printing convention of all into white lettering on a black field. Just think of the title We Real Cool which is long and drawn out, then contrast this with thin gin and sing sin for example, before the last line again reverts to long vowels, We die soon.
These two patterns, syntactic and rhythmic, converge to eliminate the final "We. It could mean casual sex, outright violence, or even just drinking and gambling, because, back when this poem was written, drinking and gambling were also seen as fairly sinful.
But in the end, rhythm and syntax contain and finally cut off that vitality. She decided to write a poem about it. I think this poem was an amazing insight into the types of lives some people live, and how nothing irresponsibly enjoyable can last.
In the same interview Brooks explains how the poem has even been banned in some areas due to the use of the word "jazz" due to a perceived sexual nature. The non-standard grammar of the title and first line transgresses the normal decorum of English language poetry, showing the social distance between the pool players and the middle class subjects of much of our poetic canon.
After all, what the heck is she doing poking her head into a gambling and drinking establishment in the middle of the day? The remainder of the sentences. However, "shovel" reminds the reader of death and burial. Many readers have also suggested the general song-like quality that the poem possesses when being read, in line with the jazz poetry tradition started by Langston Hughes.
The speech is first person, but the studied aesthetics of the type does not emerge from the aesthetic values of the pool-playing dropouts who are supposedly speaking.
The poem was referenced in the film Southside with Youa film depicting the first date of future first couple Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson. Deliberately subverting the romance of sociological pathos, Brooks presents the pool players--"seven in the golden shovel"--in their own words and time.
The tone is one of defiance and stubborn allegiance to the gang. The words, in a formal linguistic sense, remain the same, but the material presentation does not. The word "We" begins each short subject-predicate sentence and ends each line but the last.
By the end, they are completely powerless, dead. Poet Laureate from It brings the reader back to the reality that fun does not last forever. American Women Poets and Their Readers. This, as the last line of the poem, harshly discontinues the lilting alliteration and rhyming schemes.
The boys have no accented sense of themselves, yet they are aware of a semi-defined personal importance. Analysis of We Real Cool We Real Cool holds in its 8 lines the whole lives of a teenage gang, from their coolness to their demise.
It looks like either a chalkboard or graffiti. Origin[ edit ] In an interview Brooks stated that her inspiration for the poem came from her walking in her community and passing a pool hall full of boys. The speaker of the poem does something like that here.
Lindberg Of this poem Hortense Spillers, praising the "wealth of implication" in this "[l]ess than lean poem," says it is "no nonsense at all. But what would an increased attention to visual design add to this reading?
First consider the book version.
At first you might think the speaker is being judgmental — imagine an older lady wagging her finger and saying, "You darn kids!“We Real Cool” Analysis. I chose to read a poem written by Gwendolyn Brooks, titled “We Real Cool”. The poem is from the perspective of a group of seven pool players, and it’s about.
We real cool. We More About This Poem We Real Cool By Gwendolyn Brooks About this Poet Gwendolyn Brooks is one of the most highly regarded, influential, and widely read poets of 20th-century American poetry.
She was a much-honored poet, even in her lifetime, with the distinction of being the first Black author to win the Pulitzer Prize.
We Real Cool packs quite a punch despite being a lean poem. Written from experience of teenagers in a pool hall, Gwendolyn Brooks combines slick diction with an unusual poetic form, creating rebels.
An Interview with Brooks by George Stavros. Q. How about the seven pool players in the poem "We Real Cool"? A. They have no pretensions to any glamor.
The Favorite Poem Project A partnership among Boston University, the Library of Congress and other organizations with major funding from the National Endowment from the Arts and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. "We Real Cool" is a poem for anyone who has ever played hooky.
Though it's written from the perspective of seven young guys who are hanging out in a pool hall instead of attending class, we never really feel like the pool players are talking.Download