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(7 June 1917 – 3 December 2000 / Topeka, Kansas)

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We Real Cool

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.

Submitted: Monday, January 20, 2003
Edited: Tuesday, January 17, 2012


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  • Whitney Brown (4/15/2014 1:34:00 PM)

    the poem is about kids who weren't in school, they were playing pool, so they seem rebellious and they might think their to cool for school. we lurk late we sing sin is just an example of what she thinks rebellious people do. jazzing(music) in june, because june is a nice month and that's when she saw the kids and made this peom. we die soon is just an example im goin to do all this bad stuff and be rebellious becsause we die soon, we might as well live it up since were going to die soon anyway. - hope this helped. look Gwendolyn brooks on youtube We Real Cool.

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  • Rosalinda Flores Rosevoc (2/18/2014 11:22:00 PM)

    The poem dares to tell the truth and the consequences that go with a decision. We real cool and the happy-go-lucky are one and the same thing, as in the poem. The words starkly rhyme and nice to the mouth. Thank you Madam Gwendolyn Brooks. A blessed day all!

  • Pandora Kreizman (12/19/2013 6:54:00 AM)

    In my opinion I like this poem because it relates to modern day kids. The poem is all about a gang of youths and what they're doing. Also it shows some peoples take on to days teenagers. The poem is fast paced and it is really exciting. Overall I think this poem may not have much in terms of words but it is really effective. The poem shows some of the things the teenagers do in school hours and interest.

  • Pandora Kreizman (12/19/2013 6:54:00 AM)

    In my opinion i think that the poet choose that poem because its very catchy and the poem rhyme. Anyone would like it and its gets into your mind easily. Its also a good poem because it uses a vary of stanzas and it uses we in every line.

  • Pandora Kreizman (12/19/2013 6:52:00 AM)

    I liked this poem because it is nicely structured and it's not too long like another poems, The final line of 'we die soon' I think this means if you live a bad life you will die sooner than other people. The wrights of the stanzas are about what they are doing when they leave the school.

  • Pandora Kreizman (12/19/2013 5:38:00 AM)

    Think we are all going to 'die soon'! Pee

  • Bill Clinton (10/1/2013 1:16:00 PM)

    Poemhunter? this place is more like poonhunter.

  • Bill Clinton (10/1/2013 1:15:00 PM)

    Yo i love ma niggas in the harlem renaysans

  • Joe Biden (9/27/2013 4:03:00 PM)

    Yo i love ma niggas in the harlem renaysans

  • Barack Obama (5/14/2013 7:21:00 AM)

    Yo i love ma niggas in the harlem renaysans

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