Gwendolyn Brooks

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

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We Real Cool


We real cool. We
Left school. We
Lurk late. We
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  • * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 10:34:00 PM)

    .............truly amazing to see three politicians give the same identical comment on this poem.... (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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! (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • 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. (Report) Reply

  • Jansen Felton (4/11/2013 3:50:00 PM)

    I loved this poem and I think she means that we all make choices good and bad. However, I do think she means those who make bad choices, thinking its cool, die young not always but often. (Report) Reply

  • Ejit Morse (4/5/2012 11:24:00 AM)

    I love this poem, it is short and sweet and so true.

    Personally the line 'We Die Soon' does not neseccarily mean that bad choices will lead them to an early death, I think it means that life is short, which is why they do all of the things mentioned in the poem.

    Just a thought =3 (Report) Reply

  • Steven Cooney (2/6/2012 6:12:00 PM)

    A truely amazing poem. I'd wager that those who dislike this poem have never lurked late, never sung sin, don't understand the meaning. (Report) Reply

  • Jason Williams (6/4/2010 1:06:00 PM)

    I had the pleasure of hearing her talk as a guest for my sister's college grad cermony. She was such an amazingly powerful speaking; it was an experience I won't ever forget. And in saying that, this poem especially is one that absolutely came to life when she read it. If you can find an audio of her reading it, it's worth a listen. (Report) Reply

  • Reesie Harden (12/23/2009 10:39:00 PM)

    I agree with J.B. Jazz represents music and June represents the establishment. In other words, they would rather listen to music than listen to the establishment. I had to break down each line of this poem in essay form when I was in high school. If you like this one, you should check out Black Voices. (Report) Reply

  • Reesie Harden (12/23/2009 10:34:00 PM)

    I agree with you J B, it doesn't mean sleeping around. Jazz represents music and June represents the establishment. In other words they would rather listen to music than listen to the establishment. (Report) Reply

  • Shantai Ballard (9/1/2009 12:38:00 AM)

    I WAS REALLY HURT TO READ THAT STAMENT THAT THIS POEM WAS THE WORST POEM THEY EVER HERD. I DO NOT THINK THEY COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND IT. I FELL IN LOVE WITH THE POEM IN HIGH SCHOOL BECAUSE WHEN I READ IT I KNEW IT. I WAS GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING AND I WATCHED SO MANY OF THE PEOPLE I KNEW LIVE THAT LIFE STYLE. THAT POEM WOKE ME UP AND MADE ME THINK TWICE ABOUT HOW I WAS LIVING BECAUSE I WAS LIVING ON A PATH THAT WAS GOING STRAIGHT TO MY DEATH. SHE SAVED MY LIFE. (Report) Reply

  • Lili D (8/21/2009 11:12:00 AM)

    Hey, I never thought much of this poem either...UNTIL I heard Gwendolyn reading it out loud. You have to listen to the audio and the way she streeetches out and savors each syllable and creates this crazy beat. It's a fantastic poem. (Report) Reply

  • J B.. (5/3/2009 11:27:00 PM)

    Danyelle's comment about the 'Jazzy June' meaning to sleep around is completely wrong.
    Here's a link to audio of Brook's herself dismissing that statement: http: //www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/15433 (Report) Reply

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