We Real Cool

According to Gwendolyn Brooks the poem “We Real Cool” was written about the attitude and thoughts of a group of young men who skipped school to play pool at a local pool hall. This was an actual occurrence witnessed by the author and she was curious as to what went on in their heads, sparking her to write the poem.
In the line “We sing sin” I think she is referring to their character, meaning they are enthusiastically, without shame, performing deliberate acts against their own morals. For example, I think she is implying by the line “We thin gin”, that they drink their parent’s alcohol and replace it with water in hopes they won’t notice.
When reading this poem, before I knew that ...

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us go through that rebellious stage during the early teenage years. We think skipping school is the cool thing to do, and we ignore our parent’s wishes and remain out past our curfews just to keep it “real” with our peers. Hopefully, we all outgrow this phase, but there are some who don’t. Those are the ones who continue to live carelessly and will most likely live a short life. I think this poem importantly reiterates, no good comes from bad and continuing in the lifestyle portrayed could lead to an early ...

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Added: 3/11/2011 12:30:25 AM
Submitted By: JoAnnSupica
Category: Poetry & Poets
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